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The Daily Sheet May - August 2019
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Tuesday, May 6th, 2019



Annie Proulx Feels a Change In The Air

Annie Proulx is in Montreal this weekend to accept Blue Metropolis’s Grand Prix. As events honoring literary eminences go, this one stands out as more than a satisfyingly apposite match of festival and recipient. It marks a great writer’s return to a city where she took crucial early steps on her life’s path, and to a province where her family has significant roots.

“Montreal seemed to me to be so vividly alive and free from the strictures of Yankee New England, where my Quebec ancestors ended up in the textile mills.”

Interviewed by email from her home in Washington state — “a few hours from Victoria” is how she describes the location — Proulx, 83, was recalling her first impressions of the city where she obtained a master’s degree in history in the 1970s.  Enduring a daily 60-mile commute from her home in St. Albans, Vt., Proulx — whose paternal grandfather emigrated from Quebec to New England as a teenager — attended Sir George Williams University just as it was transitioning into Concordia. Asked for some of her abiding memories of that time, she responded with an evocative, impressionistic, time-capsule list.

Annie Proulx Feels a Change In The Air



Brunei Will Not Enforce Death Penalty for Gay Sex

Brunei has announced it will not enforce the death penalty for gay sex – a significant U-turn on policy for which it faced widespread criticism.  The small southeast Asian country’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah extended a moratorium on the sentence in a bid to alleviate an international backlash led by high-profile individuals such as George Clooney and Sir Elton John.  Brunei provoked an uproar when it rolled out its interpretation of Islamic laws, or Sharia, on 3 April, punishing sodomy, adultery and rape with death, including by stoning.

The tiny oil-rich state has consistently defended its right to implement the laws, elements of which were first adopted in 2014 and which have been rolled out in phases since then.  But in a rare response to criticism levied at the country, the sultan said the death penalty would not be imposed in the implementation of the Syariah Penal Code Order (SPCO).

The law’s implementation, which the United Nations condemned, sparked celebrities and rights organisations to seek a boycott on hotels owned by the sultan, including the Dorchester in London and the Beverley Hills Hotel in Los Angeles.  Several multinational companies have since put a ban on staff using the sultan’s hotels and some travel companies have stopped promoting Brunei as a tourist destination. The Police Federation, which represents more than 119,000 officers in England and Wales up to the rank of chief inspector, also lent its support by moving its annual bravery awards away from the Dorchester hotel.

Brunei Will Not Enforce Death Penalty for Gay Sex



How Lesbian Potlucks Nourished the LGBTQ Movement

Jen Martin and Liz Alpern lived in “that house.” Many queer friend groups have one. It’s the kind of place where a pot of soup is always boiling, where bread is always in the oven, where someone is always willing to read your tarot cards. Friends stopped to visit the Brooklyn apartment on weeknights. It was a space to cook and eat, to work and relax.

For years, Alpern, a chef, had contemplated expanding her house’s welcoming vibe into a formal event, a soup night that would promote queer chefs. After the 2016 presidential election, as Alpern wondered how to support swelling social justice movements, she thought: Why not turn her soup idea into a fundraiser? The first event—a donate-what-you-can dinner—happened the night after the 2017 Women’s March. Protestors returned to New York from D.C. with sore feet and crumpled banners. Exhausted but still revved up, they piled into a local cafe for soup and community. The love, says Kathleen Cunningham, a Queer Soup Night organizer along with Martin and Alpern, was palpable. Yet friends kept asking: What kind of soup could they bring to the potluck?

“We have this joke in Queer Soup Night land: that we’re not a potluck,” Alpern says. But it’s no wonder the trios’ friends were expecting collective cooking. Potlucks have been a hallmark of queer women’s spaces since the 1950s, when the Daughters of Bilitis, the U.S.’s first modern lesbian organization, began meeting in secret over coffee in San Francisco. Nowadays, the potluck is synonymous with lesbian tradition—so ubiquitous that lesbians have been known to potluck everything from protests to sex parties.

How Lesbian Potlucks Nourished the LGBTQ Movement




Stop Dismissing Bisexual Women Like Miley Cyrus

In a recent article for The Spectator, feminist activist Julie Bindel wrote: “Why are boringly straight women claiming to be lesbians?” In it she accuses singer Miley Cyrus and others of being “lesbian tourists” masking their heteronormativity in a bid to be more “interesting”.  Not long ago, Cyrus, who identifies as queer, described her marriage to Liam Hemsworth as “redefining, to be fucking frank, what it looks like for someone that’s a queer person like myself to be in a hetero relationship”.

While Cyrus’s statement is hyperbolic – she is far from the first queer woman to be in a relationship with a man – Bindel’s argument is far more problematic, ignoring the idea that people can be attracted to more than one gender. And it speaks to a broader issue of biphobia in the lesbian community, where dismissing bisexual women as “confused” or simply non-existent can be rampant.

Bisexuals exist, I promise. There is a clear “B” in the LGBT+ acronym that so many seem unable to acknowledge. If you’re struggling to remember, it’s the “bacon” in the new M&S Stonewall sandwich.  Not only do they exist, but they also struggle with discrimination. Forced to straddle between the straight and gay world, not being fully accepted into either, bisexuals are far more likely to have mental health issues than their lesbian counterparts.   

Stop Dismissing Bisexual Women Like Miley Cyrus




Death In Uncanny X-Men #17 Is a Trans Panic Murder

Uncanny X-Men #16 ended on a cliffhanger that has begun to feel familiar within the pages of Matthew Rosenberg’s run: a woman has died. Today’s body: Rahne Sinclair, codename: Wolfsbane. Original New Mutant, former mutant of Genosha, government agent for X-Factor, investigator for X-Factor, operative for X-Force. Scotswoman. X-man.  Rahne, we’ve seen over and over and over again, knew how to survive. She was trained by Charles Xavier, Magneto, and Logan; she was smart and capable.  And now she’s dead.

Issue #17, which was released May 1, endeavored to show us how. I wish Rahne wasn’t dead, but even moreso, I wish we didn’t have to see how she died.  There’s a lot to say about the mutant metaphor. A great deal of it has already been said. (You can even listen to a live episode of Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men about the metaphor, its potential, its limitations.) But I will do my best to be brief and clear here:   There is power in the mutant metaphor. It’s why we’re still reading these comics, nearly 60 years after their creation. There is power in telling stories from the perspective of the outsider.

Mutants, we’re told, could be any one of us. One’s mutation reveals itself at or around puberty. When childhood ends, the weirdness begins. The things that make you unlike your peers reveal themselves to you.

Death In Uncanny X-Men #17 Is a Trans Panic Murder



About 1 in 1,000 Babies Born 'Intersex,' Study Finds

Cases in which a newborn's genitals make it unclear whether the child is a boy or girl may be more common than once believed, researchers say.  One example of what's known as ambiguous genitalia is a baby girl with an enlarged clitoris that looks more like a small penis, the study authors explained.  In some cases, infants have external sex organs that don't match their internal reproductive organs. For example, a female infant can have external sex organs that resemble male genitals but have typical internal female organs -- ovaries and a uterus.

In these so-called "intersex" cases, treatment may be delayed until puberty or adulthood so that patients and doctors can make shared decisions, according to the study's first author, Dr. Banu Kucukemre Aydin, a researcher at Istanbul University in Turkey, and her colleagues.   For their study, the researchers analyzed data on nearly 14,200 newborns. Of those, 18 had ambiguous genitalia. That's a rate of 1.3 in 1,000 births -- much higher than the rate of one in 4,500 to 5,500 reported in previous studies, Aydin said in a news release from The Endocrine Society.

Fifteen of the newborns were diagnosed with 46, XY DSD, a condition in which a male infant can't use testosterone properly or testicles don't develop properly. Babies with the condition had lower birth weights, the investigators found. In addition, preeclampsia -- a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure -- was common in those pregnancies.

About 1 in 1,000 Babies Born 'Intersex,' Study Finds



LGBT+ Ally Penny Mordaunt Named UK Defence Secretary

The UK government’s equalities minister Penny Mordaunt has been named Defence Secretary.  The Conservative politician, who has been a prominent supporter of LGBT+ rights in government, will continue in her role as Minister for Women and Equalities while also replacing the sacked Gavin Williamson as Secretary of State for Defence.

In the equalities brief, the minister has been a strong proponent of LGBT+ rights, vowing to outlaw conversion therapy, and pressing forward with plans to reform gender recognition laws for trans people.  Mordaunt, the MP for Portsmouth North and a member of the Royal Navy Reserves, is the UK’s first female Defence Secretary.

Speaking at Stonewall’s Workplace Conference on Friday (April 26), the minister said that including LGBT+ people in military service “wasn’t just the right thing to do morally, but a matter of operational effectiveness,” adding: “You can’t fight a war if you are busy obsessing over someone’s sexuality or hiding who you are.” Mordaunt praised “the wonderful Captain Hannah Graf,” a transgender British Army officer who was named Stonewall’s Trans Role Model of the year.  Noting that gay troops were banned from serving until 2000, the minister continued: “The change in the army on LGBT rights is like the difference between bayonets and smart missiles, yet it happened so much more rapidly and that should serve as an inspiration to us all.”

LGBT+ Ally Penny Mordaunt Named UK Defence Secretary



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Tuesday, May 14th, 2019



Anne Hathaway Gets A Star on The Walk of Fame

A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was unveiled Thursday to honor Oscar-winning actress Anne Hathaway, a day before the release of her latest film, "The Hustle."  The star is the 2,663rd since the completion of the Walk of Fame in 1961 with the first 1,558 stars. The ceremony was livestreamed on walkoffame.com.

Awkwafina, who co-starred with her in the 2018 heist comedy "Ocean's 8," and Dee Rees, who directed Hathaway in the political thriller, joined the honored actress in speaking at the late-morning ceremony in front of the TCL Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. 

Hathaway first gained fame in 2001 in her motion picture debut in "The Princess Diaries," as shy high school student Mia Thermopolis, who learns she is heir to the throne of a European kingdom. She also starred in its 2004 sequel, "The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement." Hathaway's next film credits included "Brokeback Mountain," "The Devil Wears Prada" and "Get Smart."

Anne Hathaway Gets A Star on The Walk of Fame



Marriage Equality Boosted Employment

Progress towards marriage equality within the U.S. has been extremely rapid in the last twenty years. In 2004, Massachusetts became the first state to legalise same-sex marriage. Following its example, more and more states approved marriage equality until the ruling in 2015 of the US Supreme Court legalised same-sex marriage at the federal level. Were these amendments to marriage law a revolution with a profound impact for gays and lesbians? Or were they just a formal statement recognising that times have changed, but without substantive consequences beyond more marriage (and divorce) licenses?

There are reasons to believe that the economic consequences of same-sex marriage legalisation could be large. Similar past reforms – such as the passage of unilateral divorce laws – have substantially increased female labour force participation (Fernández et al., 2014). On the other hand, the effect could be small. LGBT activists have achieved several successes in the last twenty years, sustaining a steady, gradual improvement in attitudes towards homosexuality, that would now be reflected in the law.

The impact of same-sex marriage legalisation on employment is also unclear ex-ante. Access to marriage may have led to increased commitment among partners (Badgett, 2009) and lower economic uncertainty, as well as shifts in taxation, health insurance benefits, and adoption laws. These changes could have discouraged some individuals in a same-sex relationship from both being employed.

Marriage Equality Boosted Employment


Megan Rapinoe to Pose For Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue has celebrated the female body ever since its debut in 1964. And this year, in its 56th annual installment, the issue is making history by featuring the first out lesbian on its pages.

Professional soccer star Megan Rapinoe, a member of both the United States Women’s National Team and the Seattle Reign FC, posed on the beaches of St. Lucia. The striker was joined by fellow national team members Alex Morgan, Abby Dahlkemper and Crystal Dunn for the spread.

“I think it’s really quite a bold statement by Sports Illustrated to be honest because it has been seen as sort of this magazine only for heterosexual males,” Rapinoe, who helped Team USA win a gold medal in the 2012 Summer Olympics, told the magazine. “I think so often with gay females in sports, there’s this particular stereotype about it and there’s such a narrow view of what it means to be gay and be athletic.”  “I think our view is still way too narrow of gay people in general,” she added. “Stereotypes still very much persist and they are just such incomplete views of who we really are as people, so I think for that reason it’s really important to just continue to push those boundaries.”

Megan Rapinoe to Pose For Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue



Stop Dismissing Bisexual Women Like Miley Cyrus

In a recent article for The Spectator, feminist activist Julie Bindel wrote: “Why are boringly straight women claiming to be lesbians?” In it she accuses singer Miley Cyrus and others of being “lesbian tourists” masking their heteronormativity in a bid to be more “interesting”.  Not long ago, Cyrus, who identifies as queer, described her marriage to Liam Hemsworth as “redefining, to be fucking frank, what it looks like for someone that’s a queer person like myself to be in a hetero relationship”.

While Cyrus’s statement is hyperbolic – she is far from the first queer woman to be in a relationship with a man – Bindel’s argument is far more problematic, ignoring the idea that people can be attracted to more than one gender. And it speaks to a broader issue of biphobia in the lesbian community, where dismissing bisexual women as “confused” or simply non-existent can be rampant.

Bisexuals exist, I promise. There is a clear “B” in the LGBT+ acronym that so many seem unable to acknowledge. If you’re struggling to remember, it’s the “bacon” in the new M&S Stonewall sandwich.  Not only do they exist, but they also struggle with discrimination. Forced to straddle between the straight and gay world, not being fully accepted into either, bisexuals are far more likely to have mental health issues than their lesbian counterparts.   

Stop Dismissing Bisexual Women Like Miley Cyrus



Indya Moore Is the 1st Transgender Woman to Cover Elle Magazine

FX’s Pose broke barriers when it debuted last year; co-created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals, it was the first network television show to feature a predominantly transgender cast. Equally genderqueer is its writers’ room, including luminaries like Janet Mock and Our Lady J—both of whom also serve as producers on the Golden Globe-nominated series.

But if there is a breakout star of Pose’s ensemble cast, it’s Indya Moore, who heart-wrenchingly brings the beloved character Angel to life, infusing what might have become a stereotypical sex worker’s narrative with grace, vulnerability and hopeless romanticism. Now, Moore breaks new ground as the first transgender woman to grace the cover of Elle magazine.

For those who may take issue with the fact that we point out Moore’s gender identity, it’s a major component of her strikingly transparent cover story in the June issue, which opens with a midnight trip to the pharmacy for hormones. (Note: Moore typically opts for they/them pronouns, but agreed to be referred to as she/her for Elle’s story; we are following suit.)  “It’s like my whole life I’ve been doing this, you know. It’s not a big deal,” Moore tells writer Jada Yuan. “It’ll be 10 years next year.”

Indya Moore Is the 1st Transgender Woman to Cover Elle Magazine


Google Adds Gender Fluid Emojis

Google is releasing 53 new gender-fluid emoji on Pixel phones in beta this week, and will add them to all Android Q phones later this year. Fast Company reports that the emoji, which have been specifically designed to appear neither male nor female, are Google’s attempt at simplifying the emoji keyboard with more universal characters. It’s a modern interpretation of emoji’s previous default: the little yellow man.

The number of emoji has ballooned to over 3,000 since the original 176 symbols were released back in 1999. Some of these are entirely new characters and symbols, but others are new race and gender combinations for existing emoji. The current approach is more inclusive, but it has its problems. It makes the emoji keyboard more difficult to parse, and even then it’s almost impossible to include every possible combination of skin tone and gender in emoji featuring multiple people.

Another problem is that emoji designs sometime have different genders when the core Unicode standard doesn’t specify one. For example, Google’s design for the person in a sauna is female, but on iOS the character is male. This means the emoji’s gender can change when messages are sent between platforms, creating confusion.

Google Adds Gender Fluid Emojis



Madonna's Speech at the GLAAD Awards

While being honored at GLAAD's 30th Annual Media Awards Saturday night, Madonna took the chance to explain why she has long identified with the LGBTQ community.  When the singer took the stage to accept the organization's Advocate for Change Award, she gave a heartfelt speech.

"Why have I always fought for change? That's a hard question to answer," she said. "It's like trying to explain the importance of reading, or the need to love. Growing up, I always felt like an outsider, like I didn't fit in. It wasn't because I didn't shave under my armpits -- I just didn't fit in, OK.  The first gay man I ever met was named Christopher Flynn. He was my ballet teacher in high school and he was the first person that believed in me, that made me feel special as a dancer, as an artist and as a human being. I know this sounds trivial and superficial, but he was the first man to tell me I was beautiful."

Madonna's Speech at the GLAAD Awards



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Tuesday, May 21st, 2019



James Schamus Comedy Acquired By Wolfe Releasing

Wolfe Releasing has taken U.S. rights to director Rhys Ernst’s coming-of-age comedy Adam starring Nicholas Alexander (I Love You Phillip Morris), Bobbi Salvör Menuez (Nocturnal Animals, I Love Dick), Leo Sheng, Chloë Levine (The OA) and Margaret Qualley (Fosse/Verdon, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood).  In the film, awkward teen Adam (Alexander) spends his last high school summer in New York City with his big sister, Casey (Qualley), who throws herself into the city’s lesbian and trans activist scene. When Casey’s friend Gillian (Menuez) mistakes Adam for a transgender man at a party, he must keep up a charade to win over the girl of his dreams. Adam and those around him experience love, friendship and hard truths during the Summer of 2006.

The film made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and will be released theatrically this summer. Adam also features performances from Ana Gasteyer (Mean Girls), Jari Jones (Port Authority) and Mj Rodriguez (Pose).

Pic was financed by Meridian Entertainment, produced by James Schamus (Brokeback Mountain) of Symbolic Exchange and Howard Gertler (How To Survive A Plague) of Little Punk and adapted into a screenplay by the novel’s author Ariel Schrag (The L Word). Jennifer Dong and Figo Li of Meridian Entertainment serve as the film’s Executive Producers alongside Avy Eschenasy, Charlie Dibe and Joe Pirro.

James Schamus Comedy Acquired By Wolfe Releasing



Nevada Bans So-Called Gay and Trans Panic Defenses

Nevada has become the fourth state to prohibit the use of so-called gay and trans panic defenses, following California, Rhode Island and Illinois.  Senate Bill 97, which was signed into law Tuesday, prohibits defendants from using a victim’s sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression as a defense in a criminal case.

Briana Escamilla, the Nevada state director for the Human Rights Campaign, a national LGBTQ group, said it was “long past time” for the state of Nevada to institute this legislation.  “These 'defenses' send the destructive message that LGBTQ victims are less worthy of justice and their attackers justified in their violence,” Escamilla wrote in an email. “Every victim of violent crime and their families deserve equal justice, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.”

The bill was proposed by the Nevada Youth Legislature, a state program that gives high school students an opportunity to present bills to the Nevada Legislature.  Former Nevada state Sen. Valerie Wiener, a Democrat, told NBC News that Olivia Yamamoto, a high school student who is the chair of the Nevada Youth Legislature, was inspired to propose the bill after one of her classmates was murdered.

Nevada Bans So-Called Gay and Trans Panic Defenses


First Trailer of 'Batwoman' Released

The Australian actress Ruby Rose suited up as the title character in the trailer for the forthcoming CW show "Batwoman." The sneak peek, which dropped Thursday, gives viewers a glimpse at the lesbian superhero’s origin story — and villain-crushing moves.

After her love interest, Sophie (Megan Tandy), is kidnapped, the leather-wearing, motorcycle-riding heroine is determined to find her. However, like any good superhero, Kate Kane (Batwoman’s “civilian” name) needs the proper attire.

“I need you to fix his suit,” Batwoman, looking at Bruce Wayne’s Batman ensemble, tells his assistant.  “The suit is literal perfection,” the assistant replies.  “It will be,” Batwoman says, “when it fits a woman.”

Trish Bendix, a culture writer and editor who frequently covers LGBTQ issues, called the series “groundbreaking.”

First Trailer of 'Batwoman' Released



Bisexual Eurovision Winner Shares Beautiful Message of Acceptance After Win

Eurovision champion Duncan Laurence has shared an important message of acceptance following his win.  The bisexual 25-year-old is the Netherlands entry to the popular music contest where he performed his powerful ballad Arcade.  The singer-songwriter and former contestant on The Voice Of Holland sent a message in support of the LGBTI community. He explained people should be seen for ‘who they are’ regardless of their sexuality and gender identity.   

As 2018 winner Netta handed him the iconic Eurovision glass microphone trophy, Laurence said: ‘I think the most important thing is that you stick to who you are and see yourself as I see myself, as I see Sergey, as I see Chris, as I see you, just a human being.’

‘As a person who has talents, who, with this trophy, will in however many years stick to what they love – even if they have a different sexuality.’  He furthermore added: ‘Stick to what you love and make the best of it, and love people for who they are. That’s the most important message. Dream big.’  Asked how his victory felt, he replied: ‘First of all I get to meet Netta, that was the best present, and then I got this trophy from her.’

Bisexual Eurovision Winner Shares Beautiful Message of Acceptance After Win



Trans Dads Tell Doctors: 'You Can Be A Man and Have A Baby'

When Jay Thomas, 33, decided he wanted to get pregnant in 2016, he spoke to his physician.  Thomas, a cook who lives in Louisville, Kentucky, explained to his doctor that he and his wife, Jamie Brewster, 33, a bank employee, are both transgender, and that he had been on testosterone for more than two years. The physician said Thomas had likely gone through early menopause, and that if they were able to conceive at all, he would have to go off the hormone for at least 18 months.

But none of that turned out to be true, according to Thomas, who gave birth to the couple’s son Dorian, 2, less than a year after that doctor’s appointment.

“We got pregnant in three months,” Thomas said.  One of the most persistent myths transgender men and nonbinary people hear from doctors is that testosterone has sterilized them, experts say. While testosterone does block ovulation, trans men can get pregnant if they are not taking it regularly.  It’s just one example of the misinformation and discouragement transgender men say they face from the medical establishment when they decide to get pregnant — a problem advocates and experts blame on a lack of training and research around transgender health care, as well as doctors’ biases.

Trans Dads Tell Doctors: 'You Can Be A Man and Have A Baby'


8 Reading Recommendations With Canon Asexual Representation

As a person who identifies on the asexual spectrum, I rarely find representation concerning this part of my identity within mainstream media. In a previous article about asexual representation, I had bemoaned the lack of/problematic representation of asexual characters on television, highlighting Riverdale and the erasure of asexual-aromantic representation with its version of Jughead.

Luckily, print fiction, especially young-adult fiction, has made significant strides in showcasing this part of the LGBTQIA+ community, featuring the nuanced representation that’s so very lacking on the big or small screen. From books that focus primarily on romance to adventurous swashbuckling pirates, asexuals are beginning to be seen on the page in all types of stories.

Here are eight noteworthy books that feature explicit and excellent asexual representation.

8 Reading Recommendations With Canon Asexual Representation



"Last Day of Spring" is About Ways To Be A Supportive LGBTQ Ally

It can be difficult to find time to finish a video game, especially if you only have a few hours a week to play. In our biweekly column Short Play, we suggest video games that can be started and finished in a weekend.

Last Day of Spring is a sequel to one of my favorite games from last year, One Night, Hot Spring. The original visual novel followed a 19-year-old transgender woman named Haru as she goes on an overnight hot spring trip for her oldest friend Manami’s 20th birthday. It deals with a lot of Haru’s experiences about not being treated or seen as the woman she is and the anxieties those experiences create. While parts of the story can get heavy, things generally turn out well for Haru. One of the reasons for that is Erika, Manami’s other friend who joins them on the trip. In certain endings, Haru and Erika end up spending a lot of time together talking, which leads them to become close friends after not knowing each other at all before the trip.

Last Day of Spring picks up a few months after one of those endings with the player now following Erika. It specifically starts on April 1st of this year when Erika is watching the announcement of the new Japanese Imperial era’s name. She learns from Manami that Haru’s 20th birthday is coming up in a few days. Erika decides that they should do something special. The game unfolds with her trying to plan a spa day for the three of them.

"Last Day of Spring" is About Ways To Be A Supportive LGBTQ Ally



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Tuesday, May 28th, 2019


Linda Cardellini Thriving

Linda Cardellini is having a “pinch me” kind of year. It adds up this way: She starred in best picture Oscar winner “Green Book.” She has a serious hit with the recently released horror movie “The Curse of La Llorona.”

And then there is the little matter of that $1.2 billion smash “Avengers: Endgame,” where she plays Hawkeye’s (Jeremy Renner) wife.

The 43-year-old San Francisco native has been on an Marvel universe gag order for the past year, but she did divulge, “We did a Marvel 10-year anniversary shoot recently where every single place you looked there was another actor you loved,” she said. “Everyone was so kind to me. It’s so much fun to be a part of that world.”

If all of the above isn’t enough, Cardellini is getting raves for her new Netflix series with Christina Applegate, “Dead to Me,” about dealing with grief and friendship.

Linda Cardellini Thriving



Cowboys, Cowgirls, Drag Queens Saddle Up For Gay Rodeo

Folks seeking a rodeo show with a few twists can stop by the Texas Tradition Rodeo & Country Fair through Sunday to experience a gay rodeo.  The rodeo and fair has brought family fun and entertainment to Denton this weekend at the North Texas Fairgrounds. It’s one of several gay rodeos organized by the Texas Gay Rodeo Association.

What makes a gay rodeo different? There are classic rodeo events like bull riding and barrel racing, but also along with a few unique events — like goat dressing and the wild drag race. Women and men can compete in every category.

The country fair, meanwhile, has a carnival full of rides and games.

Priscilla Toya Bouvier, a drag queen from New Mexico, typically competes but this weekend she’s representing the rodeo as the reigning Miss International Gay Rodeo Association and making sure everyone is having a good time.  “Meeting everyone and educating them about the rodeo [is my favorite part],” Bouvier said. “My job is to raise money for the association and make sure the crowd is engaged and let people know what’s going on.”

Cowboys, Cowgirls, Drag Queens Saddle Up For Gay Rodeo


Mapping the Lesbian Bars and Clubs of NYC’s Past

Following the closure of Woodside’s Bum Bum Bar in March, only three lesbian bars remain in New York City. To preserve the history of these significate sites, local artist Gwen Shockey has spent five years tracking locations of former lesbian and queer clubs (h/t Daily News). Through an interactive map, Shockey has mapped more than two hundred addresses of venues that once hosted events for lesbians, relying mostly on word-of-mouth storytelling.

Because many of these bars and clubs operated under the guise of another establishment or as a mafia-run business, Shockey relied on oral histories from NYC’s lesbian community for her project.  On her website, she also includes an archive of interviews with leaders of the community, as a way to “explore the ways in which lesbians and queer people have worked to seek out and create safe spaces in which friendship, love, intimacy, and free expression can thrive.”

Shockey’s “Addresses Project” maps bars that originated as early as the 1910s. As the map shows, more lesbian clubs were in operation during the 1930s and 40s than today. The three remaining lesbian bars in NYC are Henrietta Hudson and Cubbyhole in Greenwich Village and Park Slope’s Ginger’s Bar.

Mapping the Lesbian Bars and Clubs of NYC’s Past



“Lucifer” Season Four Has a (Tragically) Beautiful Bisexual Storyline

Long before they moved to Netflix, Lucifer‘s title character, and his best demon bud Maze have been openly bisexual. But I’ve discussed here and there on this very website that Lucifer the show seems to have a questionable hold on what that means. It always seemed that it was only addressed under the guise of sexual deviance, and while it was never explicitly villainized, the only characters who dabbled with members of the same sex were literally from hell, or, in one case, a psychotic murderer. I loved the show, but these facts left me a little uneasy.

But the show’s shift to Netflix also gave us a shift in perspective on bisexuality, specifically as it related to Maze. In fact, Maze’s entire arc this season was centered around her feelings from Eve (yes, THAT Eve) and trying to get them across, despite being someone who isn’t all too familiar with the practice of sharing her feelings.

Let’s start at the beginning. Like, literally the beginning. Of humanity. Because this season introduced Eve, who has escaped through the pearly gates to come hang out with her old flame Lucifer again. The first time we learn she may not adhere to modern society’s attempt at a sexual binary is when resident nerd Ella was rambling and she kisses her to quiet her mind. It’s truly unclear why that happened, to be honest, but I wasn’t mad at it. And neither was Ella, frankly. Which was nice, because she’s the most religious of the bunch, so I was momentarily afraid she would have an existential crisis about it, but it was just never addressed again, which was fine by me.

“Lucifer” Season Four Has a (Tragically) Beautiful Bisexual Storyline



Trump Administration Proposal Could Threaten Transgender Healthcare Protections

A new Trump administration proposal introduced on Friday could threaten healthcare protections for transgender people, advocates say.  The Department of Health and Human Services’ proposed rule would change how nondiscrimination protections define “sex.” Discrimination on the basis of “sex” would no longer include protections specifically for transgender and gender non-conforming patients, and instead leaves the term open to interpretation.

“This proposed rule, thus, seeks to amend regulations that identify sexual orientation or gender identity as prohibited bases for discrimination for certain Department funded or administered programs,” the draft rule states.

Under the Obama administration, HHS redefined nondiscrimination protections on the basis of sex to include a broader definition of “gender identity.” The Obama-era regulation prevented healthcare providers, hospitals, and insurers from discriminating against transgender patients seeking medical care.

Trump Administration Proposal Could Threaten Transgender Healthcare Protections


“Billions” Star Asia Kate Dillon Said Their Nonbinary Character Led To A Self-Realization

When Billions star Asia Kate Dillon read the script for the pivotal scene in Season 2, Episode 2 of the Showtime series in which their character, Taylor Mason, came out as nonbinary, the actor had an emotional reaction and moment of self-realization.

“Where Taylor says to Axe, ‘You know, I’m Taylor, my pronouns are they, theirs, and them, I immediately started crying when I read that,” Dillon said on BuzzFeed News’ Twitter morning show AM to DM. “Because I knew that no character had ever said that on television before and no nonbinary character had ever been played by a nonbinary actor before.”

Dillon plays Taylor, a nonbinary character on the hit Showtime series that tells the story of a US attorney in New York going head to head with a wealthy and powerful hedge fund manager, loosely based on a true story. The show is currently in its fourth season and has been renewed for a fifth.  The actor said receiving the character breakdown for Taylor was “really a life-changing moment” because it helped them on their own journey to identifying as nonbinary.

“Billions” Star Asia Kate Dillon Said Their Nonbinary Character Led To A Self-Realization



14 Celebrity Moms Who Love Their Queer Kids

It's always a good time to take a moment to shout out celebrity moms who've supported their LGBT kids through the years! Many of these moms have taken their position in the public eye to set amazing examples or love, support, and respect, and we hope their messages have been heard loud and clear by anyone looking for a role model. And while some may be facing a few more complications in their road to mutual understand, we hope this Mother's Day brings everyone together in peace and harmony!

14 Celebrity Moms Who Love Their Queer Kids



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How Michelle Williams Mastered Gwen Verdon’s Voice

Each week on Fosse/Verdon, Michelle Williams is giving one of the most fascinating vocal performances on TV. As Gwen Verdon, she adopts a theatrical, mid-century, pseudo mid-Atlantic lilt, full of flourishes and misplaced stresses that vary in strength and timbre as the FX miniseries hopscotches around Verdon and Bob Fosse’s creative and romantic history. In the show’s penultimate episode, a showcase for Williams set around the premiere of Chicago, she also had to pretend to lose her voice. The real Verdon struggled to perform the musical’s songs, eventually dropped out of the show, and went through vocal surgery after infamously swallowing confetti during a performance. While she had a dialect coach, Williams figured out how to play Verdon’s vocal disintegration on her own.

Verdon’s voice, Williams explains, “was the things that I started worrying about first, because if you are thinking about your voice while you are acting, you’re not able to be fully present.” A little over two months before shooting Fosse/Verdon, Williams started working with Deborah Hecht, a voice teacher at Juilliard who’d coached her before. “She’s an amazing teacher, and I wish I was a Juilliard student,” Williams said, noting that they’d meet three to four times a week on the specifics of Verdon’s accent. “She had this very unusual breathy, raspy voice, but it was still resonant,” Williams said. “You literally have to hold your mouth in a different place, and move your tongue and your lips more than you normally do. To get that to a point where it feels seamless just takes so much practice.”

How Michelle Williams Mastered Gwen Verdon’s Voice


Trump And LGBT Rights

President Donald Trump became the first Republican president to acknowledge the LGBT celebration of Pride Month on Friday, even as his administration works to undo and attack the civil rights of the LGBT community.

“As we celebrate LGBT Pride Month and recognize the outstanding contributions LGBT people have made to our great Nation, let us also stand in solidarity with the many LGBT people who live in dozens of countries worldwide that punish, imprison, or even execute individuals on the basis of their sexual orientation,” he wrote in a series of tweets. “My Administration has launched a global campaign to decriminalize homosexuality and invite all nations to join us in this effort!”

The tweet came exactly one week after Trump’s administration unveiled a proposal to rescind nondiscrimination protections for transgender people under the Affordable Care Act. Also last week, the administration finalized one rule allowing medical workers to refuse to treat trans people based on religious objections, while drafting another that would allow homeless shelters to turn away transgender individuals.

Trump And LGBT Rights


Lesbian Couple Sues Over South Carolina’s Foster Care Waiver

South Carolina is again at the center of federal litigation spawned by a waiver allowing a state-contracted foster care agency to deny services to same-sex and non-Christian families.  A lawsuit filed in federal court Thursday accuses the state and federal governments of discriminating against a lesbian couple by rejecting them as foster parents. Eden Rogers and Brandy Welch, a couple from Greenville, said they were turned away by Miracle Hill Ministries, a Greenville foster care agency that receives federal funding and has come under fire for denying services to same-sex and non-Christian families.

According to the complaint, Rogers and Welch filled out an online foster parent application earlier this year, identifying themselves as a same-sex couple and members of the Unitarian Universalist Church. The couple says they were rejected, with Miracle Hill officials saying in an email that they “feel a religious obligation to partner with foster parents who share our beliefs and who are active in a Christian church.”

The suit is the latest development in a conflict that began last year when state social services officials determined that Miracle Hill, which is publicly licensed and funded, had violated federal and state nondiscrimination policies by using religious eligibility criteria when screening prospective foster parents.

Lesbian Couple Sues Over South Carolina’s Foster Care Waiver



Officials Altered Records in Bisexual Prison Officer Case

An investigation is under way after government officials altered and redacted documents in an employment tribunal case involving a bisexual prison officer, the Guardian has learned.

The judge, Michael Ord, sitting with two lay members in an employment tribunal in Cambridge, found earlier this year that Ben Plaistow, 41, experienced a campaign of direct discrimination and harassment because of his sexuality, and was victimised and unfairly dismissed because he complained about what took place.  He was subjected to a litany of abuse including being called “poof”, “gay” and “vermin”, was pushed and slapped, and had a bottle of water squirted in his face.

Plaistow was screamed at, a colleague dug her fingernails into his face, the logo on his work bag was coloured pink and a pink fairy cake was smeared inside his work bag. One colleague threatened to put him “on his arse” and another told him he was “causing too many problems” because he complained about the ill-treatment. He was asked to disclose his sexuality during his induction at HMP Woodhill.  When he lodged complaints, which were investigated internally, he received no redress. Two of the things his colleagues found fault with were the fact he dyed his hair and wore well-pressed shirts.

Officials Altered Records in Bisexual Prison Officer Case



Transgender Icons To Get Statues

Many believe that the riots at the Stonewall Inn in June 1969 in New York were a turning point for LGBTQ rights. But for transgender activists Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, the days-long uprising was just a mile marker in a lifelong fight for justice.  Their lifelong commitment to ending oppression for marginalized communities will be commemorated with statues in Greenwich Village, home of Stonewall Inn, the site of the historic uprising. The statues of these pioneering trans women of color will be the first in the United States to honor transgender people, according to the New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's office.

The new statues are estimated to cost $750,000, and the mayor's office said it has not yet commissioned an artist to do the work. The artist will be paid out of the city's $10 million budget allocated for new public artworks.  The mayor officially announced the installment of the statue in a press conference on Thursday, days before the start of Pride month in June. New York is hosting the annual World Pride parade, which started to mark the anniversary of the Stonewall riots 50 years ago.

"Putting up statues doesn't change everything, but it starts to change hearts and minds," de Blasio said at the press conference. "We want to honor them because they lived their truth and they made history."

Transgender Icons To Get Statues


Inside One Intersex American’s Battle for Legal Recognition

Dana Zzyym likes following directions. Any time applicants fill out a form for a United States passport, it states that all information listed on the application must be true under penalty of perjury. So Zzyym, a Navy veteran and former sailor, took those instructions at their word while sitting in a Denver passport office in 2014. When asked to check a box indicating their gender as either “male” or “female,” Zzyym wrote “intersex” at the top of the form.  “I wasn’t born a man or a woman,” they tell NewNowNext. “I was born intersex. That’s my truth.”

Zzyym has now been fighting the federal government to recognize that truth for five years. The U.S. Department of State has twice denied the 60-year-old a passport indicating their status as an intersex person. Zzyym, who identifies as non-binary and uses they/them pronouns, is one of up to 5.5 million Americans whose sex characteristics fall outside the standard gender binary. For context, that number is roughly the population of Minnesota.

Because Zzyym (pictured left) was born with ambiguous genitalia, they were subjected to multiple surgeries intended to “correct” their perceived gender variance. Zzyym’s parents never told them why they had to undergo these operations throughout their childhood; they assumed they had fallen and cut themselves.

Inside One Intersex American’s Battle for Legal Recognition



Taylor Swift Urges Senate to Pass Equality Act

Taylor Swift penned a letter to Republican senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee to ask for his support in passing the Equality Act when the bill reaches the U.S. Senate.

“In excellent recent news, the House has passed the Equality Act, which would protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in their places of work, homes, schools, and other public accommodations,” Swift wrote to fans in the Instagram caption that accompanied the letter to Alexander.  “The next step is that the bill will go before the Senate. I’ve decided to kick off Pride Month by writing a letter to one of my senators to explain how strongly I feel that the Equality Act should be passed. I urge you to write to your senators too.”

In the letter to Alexander, Swift first praised the senator for co-sponsoring a resolution that would celebrate the centennial of the 19th Amendment – which gave women the right to vote – before warning that Tennessee’s anti-LGBTQ “Slate of Hate” would continue to scare off major corporations like Amazon, Nike and more.  “I personally reject the President’s stance that his administration ‘supports equal treatment of all’ but that the Equality Act ‘in its current form is filled with poison pills that threaten to undermine parental and conscience rights.’ No,” Swift wrote.

Taylor Swift Urges Senate to Pass Equality Act



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Tuesday, June 11th, 2019


Gay Cinema Is Still a Work in Progress

History has a hell of a sense of synchronicity. The 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn riots in New York City’s West Village is also, give or take a few weeks, the 50th anniversary of Midnight Cowboy, the story of Manhattan hustler Joe Buck and Times Square con man Ratso Rizzo, portrayed respectively by Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman. Theirs is a platonic love that, in the late spring and early summer of 1969, was only beginning to speak its name, in murmurs barely more audible than sign language. When it opened, truth be told, Midnight Cowboy was identified as a “gay film” per se by only a few, including the picture’s middle-aged, closeted British director, John Schlesinger, who went on to win the Academy Award for best director. Rated X, the movie was the first winner of a Best Picture Oscar that had even a subtext of homoeroticism, and if it didn’t kick open the door for films with gay subject matter, it certainly got its foot into a doorway that would never be entirely closed again.

Beginning as a police raid on a gay bar before it escalated into full revolt, Stonewall became a celebration as much as a protest, a pushback against not just homophobic cops but all the obstacles beyond which a few thousand years of so-called civilization compelled gay people to hide. Nothing was the same afterward, and that included the movies: Struggling with his own gay identity and liberated by having made Midnight Cowboy, Schlesinger followed with his more explicit Sunday Bloody Sunday, in which the director’s surrogate, a doctor played by Peter Finch, not only conducts an affair with another man but does so without the self-loathing crack-up that was customary, and maybe even obligatory, in such stories.

Gay Cinema Is Still a Work in Progress


Gay Country Singer Re-Records Hit Song With Male Pronouns

When Ty Herndon was shooting the music video for the re-release of the song that launched his career, he became so emotional they had to stop filming.  To kick off Pride month, the gay country singer has re-recorded his 1995 chart-topping love song What Mattered Most with the lyrics changed to make it about a man.

"You know, I'm a pretty tough bird. I've been through a lot. But that little song started it all," Herndon told As It Happens host Carol Off.   "All these years of singing it one way, and then being able to sing it another with a bunch of my family and best friends sitting around — and this is the first time they heard it as well — I'm like, 'Oh, goodness gracious, we're having church up in here. Everybody's crying.'"

When he first started singing the song 25 years ago, a closeted Herndon would croon lyrics like, "Her eyes are blue/Her hair is long."  That version hit No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs charts and propelled Herndon to stardom.   Sometimes he would close his eyes and imagine he was singing his parents' love song, rather than his own, he said.   Other times, he'd imagine his then-partner — a long-haired, blue-eyed man who he kept a secret from his fans.  But in the new version, released on YouTube this week, Herdon sings about "his eyes" and "his hair" — swapping the pronouns to make the song more authentic to his own lived experience.

Gay Country Singer Re-Records Hit Song With Male Pronouns


Lesbian Couple Attacked on London Bus

A lesbian couple was beaten and robbed by a gang of men in a horrific homophobic attack on a London bus that left them bruised and covered in blood. Melania Ps shared the photo and story on Facebook to bring awareness to chauvism, misogyny, and homophobic violence.

Wrote Melania: “We must have kissed or something because these guys came after us. I do not remember if they were already there or if they got on after us. There were at least four of them. They started behaving like hooligans, demanding that we kissed so they could enjoy watching, calling us ‘lesbians’ and describing sexual positions. I do not remember the whole episode, but the word “scissors” stuck in my mind. It was only them and us there. In an attempt to calm things down, I started making jokes. I thought this might make them go away. Chris even pretended to be sick, but they kept on harassing us, throwing us coins and becoming more enthusiastic about it.”

Melania continued: “The next thing I know is that Chris is in the middle of the bus fighting with them. On an impulse, I went over there only to find her face bleeding and three of them beating her up. The next thing I know is I’m being punched. I got dizzy at the sight of my blood and fell back. I do not remember whether or not I lost consciousness. Suddenly the bus had stopped, the police were there and I was bleeding all over. Our stuff was stolen as well. I do not know yet if my nose is broken, and I have not been able to go back to work, but what upsets me most is that VIOLENCE HAS BECOME A COMMON THING, that sometimes it’s necessary to see a woman bleeding after having been punched to feel some kind of impact.”

*Update* - Since this article was published, 5 suspects have been arrested in the attack.

Lesbian Couple Attacked on London Bus



Bisexuals Have Felt Excluded at Pride Activities

Despite my girlfriend’s reluctance, she agreed to attend 2014 Boston Pride with me. She was the first person I had dated seriously since coming out as bisexual, and it was important that I had her by my side at my first Pride March. She, too, was (and still is) queer, but said she never felt welcome at Pride events as a bisexual woman. I promised her it would be different this time; she’d have me.  I couldn’t have been more wrong.

At a pregame before the march, gay men were hounding both of us, but predominantly her, asking about our relationship. Convinced that I was going to come out as gay by the end of the day and leave her, they showered her with pity. These same men shamelessly flirted with me in front of her, as if she didn’t exist. Two hours in, she started crying, telling me that she was heading home.

I offered to leave with her, but she said that since I had just come out, it was important that I stayed. “Besides,” she said, “You’d have a lot more fun without me.” The truth is, I did. Since then, I’ve continued to date men and women — but I haven’t gone to Pride festivities with a girlfriend again.

Bisexuals Have Felt Excluded at Pride Activities




Transgender People Are Still Fighting for Their Lives

Every big city, from San Francisco to Sydney, sees rainbow flags fly in June. This year, the colorful pride banners will stand in stark contrast to the sweeping media monsoon of black and white images commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising in New York City.

Of the few color photographs and film that survived that historic week in June 1969 in Greenwich Village, you won’t find any powder blue, rose pink and stark white transgender flags. They weren’t even invented until 30 years later by trans woman Monica Helms, who is among the honorees at this year’s World Pride celebration. “Transgender” was a brand new term in 1969, and in the 50 years since, it’s become a household word, albeit one that still stirs controversy.

Modern society is embroiled in a debate over transgender inclusion in the U.S. military, in international sports and in public schools, which often devolves when conservative pundits and other opponents criticize gender identity as the newest fad, or a trend. But it’s been said nonbinary and gender nonconforming people have existed for millennia. What’s clear is that the rise of trans awareness is closely linked to the six days of riots that started in the early hours of Saturday, June 28, 1969.

Transgender People Are Still Fighting for Their Lives



Internet Hates on Budwiser Asexual Ad

In a weird attempt by Budweiser to glom good Pride vibes, the brewer tweeted photos of Pride flag-inspired cups, with handy explanations of what the various colors represent—to which the ‘verse responded with a resounding nope. One post, aimed at explaining the asexual flag, is getting is getting special attention.

During the month of June, social media is flooded with corporations’ ham-fisted attempts at queer solidarity, but some just come off as more cynical than others. Like when it’s Budweiser—a brand with a rich history of heteronormative, horny-man advertising campaigns—suddenly courting the sexless.

Of course, the phenomenon of companies random companies reaching out to the community during Pride Month is nothing new. Last year, “Taste the Rainbow” candy Skittles removed the rainbow from packaging in a strange attempt at solidarity. Regarding the beer giant, a writer for Study Breaks magazine notes, “Companies like Budweiser exploit Pride Month by sponsoring their products at gay festivals, but their allyhood doesn’t seem to be as strong any other month of the year. Normally, Budweiser is a brand that reinforces gender norms and heteronormativity, teaming up with Playboy during the Super Bowl and portraying straight, patriarchal advertisements.”

Internet Hates on Budwiser Asexual Ad



Matty Healy Wins Award For Being Ally to LGBT Community

The 1975 frontman Matty Healy has won an award for supporting the LGBT community.  He was named ally of the year at the 2019 Diva Awards for using his platform to promote equality.  Diva is a leading magazine for lesbian and bisexual women, which has paid tribute to Healy’s work in supporting the community.

Loose Women’s Denise Welch collected the ally award on behalf of her son at a ceremony in London.  She said: “Matty is away on his world tour and asked me to collect this honour for him. I could not be more proud to do so.  Both of my sons have grown up to promote equality, and Matty especially is using his platform to promote equality for all.  He’s thrilled with this recognition.”

Sandi Toksvig was named broadcaster of the year, and was presented with her award by Gentleman Jack star Suranne Jones.  Linda Riley, founder of the Diva Awards added: “The Diva Awards is a fantastic event that honours those who are committed to raising awareness for the lesbian, bisexual and trans community."

Matty Healy Wins Award For Being Ally to LGBT Community



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Roberta Maxwell (Ma Twist) at Red Bull Theater Gala

The Eleventh Annual Running of the Red Bulls Gala Benefit took place on Monday June 3rd, at 6pm, celebrating the company's 16th Season and honoring director Daniel Sullivan, actor Condola Rashad, and the American Theatre Wing with the 2019 Matador Awards for Excellence in Classical Theater. Proceeds from the evening will support all of Red Bull Theater's programs including its Off-Broadway productions of The White Devil and Mac Beth, Revelation Readings series, and its Shakespeare in Schools initiative.

This intimate soiree celebrated another successful Red Bull Theater season and offers an evening of live entertainment, fine dining, and great company at the chic Bowery Hotel (335 Bowery at East 3rd Street) with catering by Gemma. Special guests and presenters included Robert Cuccioli, Paige Davis, Dion Johnstone, William Ivey Long, Roberta Maxwell, Lynne Meadow, Lynn Nottage, Patrick Page, Derek Smith, Charlayne Woodard, and more.

Begun in 2009, Matador Awards are given annually to recognize individuals or organizations that have demonstrated extraordinary Talent, Service, or Significant Achievements in the Classical Theater. Previous honorees have included Oscar Isaac, Patrick Stewart, Lynn Redgrave, Lily Rabe, Martha Plimpton, Hamish Linklater, Olympia Dukakis, Jack O'Brien, Michael Kahn, and Liev Schreiber.

Roberta Maxwell (Ma Twist) at Red Bull Theater Gala


Kilted Yoga Instructor Proposes at Pride Event

A Dundee kilted yoga instructor has gone viral after proposing to his boyfriend during a Pride parade in Washington DC.  Online superstar Finlay Wilson previously gained attention for his videos detailing yoga techniques while wearing a kilt.

And the instructor hit the headlines over the weekend for his heart-warming proposal to partner Alan Lambie.  In front of a jubilant audience he said: “Alan, ever since we met you’ve been doing everything to make me a better person, and I have a very important question for you.”

The yoga man then got down on one knee as his partner said yes to the stunning proposal.  Screaming fans rejoiced as confetti was thrown.

Kilted Yoga Instructor Proposes at Pride Event


My Little Pony' Introduces Lesbian Ponies

"My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic" is introducing a lesbian pony couple on its next episode, "The Last Crusade," to round out its final season.  Young Scootaloo's family, who have been missing in action for the entirety of the series, are finally introduced in the coming episode and it's revealed that her current guardians, Aunt Holiday and Auntie Lofty, are a same-sex couple.

The couple have appeared in the book "Ponyville Mysteries: Riddle of the Rusty Horseshoe," but this is their first time on-screen.  Michael Vogel, the producer and writer of the series, confirmed the news on Twitter, denying theories that Aunt Holiday and Auntie Lofty are either close friends or siblings.

When a fan asked whether they were lesbians in the book, Vogel responded, "well they aren't sisters so..."

"I think it’s fantastic that we can show that what truly defines a family is love — that, to me, is the core of 'My Little Pony,'" co-showrunner Nicole Dubac told Buzzfeed News.  Vogel told the publication that the idea was approved by Hasbro and that he and Dubac thought it was a great way to introduce a same-sex couple into the series.

My Little Pony' Introduces Lesbian Ponies



23% of Young Black Women Now Identify as Bisexual

Since 1972, social scientists have studied the General Social Survey to chart the complexities of social change in the United States.  The survey, which is conducted every couple years, asks respondents their attitudes on topics ranging from race relations to drug use. In 2008, the survey started including a question on sexual identity.

As sociologists who study sexuality, we’ve noticed how more and more women are reporting that they’re bisexual. But in the most recent survey, one subset stood out: 23% of Black women in the 18 to 34 age group identified as bisexual – a proportion that’s nearly three times higher than it was a decade ago.  What forces might be fueling this shift? And what can learn from it?

In the 10 years that the General Social Survey has included a question on sexual identity, rates of identification among gay men, lesbian women and bisexual men in the U.S. haven’t changed much.  Bisexual identifying women, on the other hand, account for virtually all of the growth among those who say they’re lesbian, gay or bisexual. Of all of the women who responded to the 2018 survey, more than 1 in 18 identified as bisexual. One decade ago, only 1 in 65 did.

23% of Young Black Women Now Identify as Bisexual



AMA Responds To 'Epidemic' Of Violence Against Transgender Community

The American Medical Association is taking a public stand to stem what it calls "the epidemic of violence against the transgender community, especially the amplified physical dangers faced by transgender people of color," as well as discrimination faced by the entire LGBTQ community.  The AMA's House of Delegates voted this month to adopt a plan to help bring national attention to this problem following an uptick in the number of fatal attacks against trans people.

“According to available tracking, fatal anti-transgender violence in the U.S. is on the rise and most victims were black transgender women," said AMA Board Member S. Bobby Mukkamala, M.D., in a statement. While organizations like Human Rights Campaign and LGBTQ news media regularly report on the murders of trans Americans, mainstream news media too often report crimes without accurate information about a victim's gender identity, and local police have a long way to go to assist federal law enforcement in properly cataloguing hate crimes against trans and gender non-conforming individuals.  Dr. Mukkamala conceded that is part of the problem.

AMA Responds To 'Epidemic' Of Violence Against Transgender Community


Intersex People to Vatican: 'We Exist'

Intersex people have delivered a powerful call to the Vatican, saying ‘we exist’.  Networks, organizations and activists expressed their grave concern following a document released by the Congregation for Catholic Education.  The office said intersex children must be subject to forced medical intervention to ‘normalize’ them.

Elsewhere in the document, the office also said trans people ‘annihilate the concept of nature’.  Intersex-led and allied groups around the world have penned an open letter to the office.  They say the comments will cause ‘profound distress to many intersex people and our families’.

‘It is painfully clear that the authors of this document did not consider, let alone confer with, the many intersex people across the world who are members of the Catholic faith,’ they also say.  ‘All around the world, intersex people face gross human rights violations, including medically unnecessary “normalizing” interventions, and the concealment of such practices on individuals from themselves and from society.’

Interventions like this are considered torture and ill treatment in some medical settings.

Intersex People to Vatican: 'We Exist'



Free Dad Hugs at Pride Event

Scott Dittman — better known to his friends as Howie — says he doesn't wake up in the morning thinking of himself as an LGBT ally. But, last weekend, he still made a big impact.  Dittman, 44, heard his friend Denna was heading to Pittsburgh Pride with Free Mom Hugs, an organization that assists LGBT people and also provides hugs at Pride events.

"And I just said, 'well I’m going to go,' and I hopped on Amazon and grabbed a 'free dad hugs' T-shirt," he told BuzzFeed News. "I just thought it would put a smile on people’s faces."  What he didn't expect was just how big an effect it had, not only on Pride attendees, but on himself.

He said there were all kinds of hugs that day — happy ones, ones with tears, ones full of joy. He could just tell that when people saw him, a switch would flip.  "You could tell they hadn’t had something as simple as a hug from their dad in a long time," he said. "That broke my heart."

When he got back home, he felt angry that so many of the people he hugged were carrying around so much hurt. That's when he decided to post about the experience on Facebook.

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James Schamus Gives Keynote Speech

US producer, writer and director James Schamus will deliver a keynote speech at the Fleadh Forum at the Galway Film Fleadh (July 9-14).  Schamus is the latest high-profile guest to be announced as an attendee at this year’s Fleadh, a key festival in the Irish film industry calendar and the country’s largest film market.

The award-winning screenwriter (The Ice Storm), producer (Brokeback Mountain) and director (Indignation) is the former CEO of Focus Features and now runs his own New York-based outfit Symbolic Exchange. His latest production, Rhys Ernst’s coming-of-age comedy Adam, will also screen.

“We are delighted to announce that James Schamus will be attending this year’s Film Fleadh,” said industry manager Gar O’Brien. “While there he will present the keynote address as part of the Fleadh Forum industry event at the Galway Film Fair on Thursday 11 July, we are also thrilled to be presenting him with the Galway Hooker, the festival’s highest honour, as part of our award ceremony on Sunday 14 July.”

Galway has also announced some additions to its final programme, including the world premiere of Irish documentary Jihad Jane and the European premiere of Gurinder Chadha’s Sundance hit comedy Blinded By The Light.

James Schamus Gives Keynote Speech



A Look Back at The Stonewall Uprising

Mark Segal has no trouble recalling the early hours of June 28, 1969 -- when the first in a series of violent protests by members of New York's gay community erupted outside the now-legendary Stonewall Inn.  In the wee hours of that Saturday, a hot night in Manhattan, a group of lesbians, drag queens, transgender people and young, gay men including Segal decided to stand up to police abuse.

They cornered a group of officers who had earlier raided the Stonewall Inn, a seedy, popular gay bar in Greenwich Village -- the second such raid that week alone.  "It was the first time our community imprisoned the police, who had always imprisoned us before," Segal told AFP, looking back on what would become a seminal event in the gay rights movement.

Segal was only 18 at the time, and had come to New York from Philadelphia just over a month earlier. He said he can still remember the "pure joy" of that night.  "The passion was so overwhelming," he said, adding that of course, no one then understood the historic significance of what was unfolding.  In the late 1960s, homosexuality was still seen as a mental illness, and gay sex was illegal across the United States except in Illinois.  Millions of gay and lesbian Americans lived their lives in secret, for fear they would lose their jobs or homes if their true selves were discovered.   Some were openly attacked, and others were detained for indecent behavior.

A Look Back at The Stonewall Uprising



Lesbian Couple Receives Powerful Note

A lesbian couple in rural Texas say they were moved to tears this week after receiving a heartfelt thank-you letter from a young person they’d never met. Sal Stow said she was retrieving packages at her partner Meghan Stabler’s home Wednesday in Williamson County, Texas, when she noticed the note, which had been placed under a rock near the doorstep.

“We’re moving today, but I wanted to thank you,” the letter read. “Seeing a pride flag waving so proudly out side [sic] your house every day has given me the courage to come out to my family and be more comfortable with who I am.”

The words were written in a bubble above an illustration, as if part of a graphic novel or comic strip. The sketched image showed a figure holding two colorful flags, one of which represented transgender pride.  Stow posted a photo of the note to her Facebook page, with the name of the sender blocked out. By Friday afternoon, the image had been shared more than 1,000 times.

“You never know who needs the support and to know it’s OK,” she wrote. “I hope this person is OK, their family is being supportive and they find a community to connect with that can help them through this brave process.” 

Lesbian Couple Receives Powerful Note




TV Failed Me on Bisexuality

Carrie Bradshaw never met a sexual inclination she wouldn’t hear out — until she encountered bisexuality.  “I’m not even sure bisexuality exists,” she complains in a season 3 episode of “Sex and the City,” the HBO comedy named for her supposedly open-minded sex advice column. “I think it’s just a layover on the way to Gaytown.”

Carrie spends the entire episode of “Boy Girl Boy Girl” dating a 26 year-old bisexual man and gritting her teeth about him “choosing” to date both men and women. Besides open-minded sexual explorer Samantha (who shrugs that he’s “evolved”), Carrie’s friends share her disdain with relish. Miranda insists that he’s “greedy” and “double dipping”; Charlotte sniffs that he should “just pick a side and stay there.”  Eventually, Carrie eventually writes off his sexual orientation as a quirk of belonging to a younger generation. As she finally leaves him behind at a party full of his sexually fluid friends and exes, her concluding voiceover shrugs that she’s just “too old to play this game” — as if bisexuality were a condition one could grow out of.

“Boy Girl Boy Girl” wasn’t an aberration when it aired in 2000. In fact, its wholesale dismissal of bisexuality provides a neat summary of exactly what TV tended to say about anyone who dared “double dip.” Bisexual characters (if they were even labeled as such) were often viewed through sneers as promiscuous troublemakers who couldn’t make up their minds. Even “The L Word,” Showtime’s groundbreaking series centering queer women, turned its nose up at bisexuality every chance it got.

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Man Arrested in Slaying of Dallas Transgender Woman

A 22-year-old man has been arrested on a murder charge in the death of a transgender woman whose body was found in a Dallas lake. Dallas police said in a statement Thursday night that the investigation into the death of 26-year-old Chynal Lindsey led detectives to Ruben Alvarado. He was booked into the Dallas County jail Thursday night. His bond was set at $500,000, reports CBS DFW.

Lindsey's body was found in White Rock Lake on June 1. Authorities have not said how she died or released further details about why they suspect Alvarado.

Last week, 33-year-old Kendrell Lavar Lyles was arrested on murder charges in the deaths of three other women in Dallas, including 23-year-old transgender woman Muhlaysia Booker in May. A month before her death, Booker was the victim of a brutal mob assault, and video of the attack went viral and drew national outrage. Authorities have said the attack is not linked to her murder.

Man Arrested in Slaying of Dallas Transgender Woman



London's First Asexual Club

Clubbing can easily turn into an uncomfortable experience for asexual people. As the booze flows and more than a few sweaty people at the club might be looking for a hookup, those who don’t experience sexual and/or romantic attraction to others can feel like they don’t belong.

Moreover, asexuals are often underrepresented at Pride. Together with non-binary, genderqueer and aromantic people, asexuals are among those who aren’t as visible as the other letters of the vast LGBTI spectrum.  This Pride month, however, Pride in London has partnered with Budweiser to bring visibility to every part of the vast LGBTI+ community.

They have asked asexual activist and model Yasmin Benoit to help them create an asexual club where ace people can go to and be comfortable.  Ace of Clubs will be the very first asexual club in London. It will be on for two nights on 29 and 30 June at Bateman Street Gallery in Soho, London’s LGBTI area.  ‘I’d love for there to be a permanent ace bar at some point, but we’ll have to wait and see how this one goes,’ Benoit told GSN.

‘The concept originally came from the Budweiser and Revolt London team. They pitched it to me when they asked me to be involved, and I fell in love with the idea instantly,’ Benoit also said.

London's First Asexual Club




Giving Back To The LGBT Community

It's Pride month, and with 2019 the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, more companies than ever are looking to celebrate the LGBT community with capsule collections that embrace love, equality and diversity.

But just because you see a rainbow shirt in the window, doesn't mean the store is giving back.

However, Nike, Amerian Eagle and  Disney are amonth the companies celebrating inclusion, equality and love for LGBT pride month, and giving back to the community as well.

At the link below, we've compiled a (not complete) list of retailers, restaurants and other companies with Pride offerings benefiting LGBT nonprofits like GLAAD, GLSEN, The Trevor Project and the It Gets Better Foundation.

Giving Back To The LGBT Community



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Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019


Jake Gyllenhaal Breaks Down His Performance as Jack Twist

In a lengthy new video for GQ, Jake Gyllenhaal breaks down some of his most well-known movie roles, including the iconic 2005 Ang Lee western Brokeback Mountain.

Said Gyllenhaal: “I think we had been cast for our ‘essences’ without really understanding what our ‘essences’ were – and that’s outside of our sexuality – we’re two straight guys cast in these roles, but who we are, who we were, Ang could see. And I don’t know if I could. So when the movie had the response that it had …. I don’t think we recognized what Ang had seen in us so we were blind at the profundity and the echo the movie made … and I don’t think we ever had any idea it would have the impact that it had.”

Gyllenhaal talked about the power of rehearsal, remembering that they had rehearsed the “I can’t quit you” scene in the same bucolic valley months earlier, when there was snow on the ground, and what gave the scene some of its resonance was the memory of that earlier rehearsal, because it had introduced a time frame into the actors’ knowledge of it and each other.

A video of the interview can be seen at the link below.

Jake Gyllenhaal Breaks Down His Performance as Jack Twist



Cathedral High School Terminates Gay Teacher

Just days after the Archdiocese of Indianapolis cut ties with one Catholic high school over its decision to continue to employee a gay teacher, another school is firing one of its educators to avoid the same fate.  Cathedral High School, located on the northeast side of Indianapolis, announced Sunday it is terminating a gay teacher in order to avoid a split with the archdiocese, which stripped Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School of its Catholic identity last week.  Brebeuf refused to fire its educator, who is in a public same-sex marriage. 

Cathedral's board Chairman Matt Cohoat and President Rob Bridges posted a letter on the school's website announcing the decision to "separate" from a teacher in a public same-sex marriage. The letter is addressed to the "Cathedral family."  The archdiocese made it clear, the letter said, that keeping the teacher employed “would result in forfeiting our Catholic identity due to our employment of an individual living in contradiction to Catholic teaching on marriage.”   Cathedral administrators said it was “an agonizing decision” but said it was a necessary one. Cathedral, like Brebeuf, had been in talks with the archdiocese about this issue for nearly two years.

Cathedral High School Terminates Gay Teacher



Louisville’s Last Lesbian Bar Reflects Shift in LGBTQ Nightlife

The small rainbow sign for Purrswaytions bar is easy to miss.  On Saturday nights, a handful of women stand in a billow of cigarette smoke outside the bar’s blacked-out windows on Preston Street. They're in cut-off tank tops and cargo shorts, elaborate drag wigs and sequins.  Inside the single door is Louisville’s last lesbian bar.

There’s just enough liquor behind the bar wrapped in LED rainbow lights to make Long Island iced tea in plastic cups. They don’t keep kegs anymore; there are so few customers the beer goes sour.   Not even half a dozen regulars help themselves to a drink in a place that is more like a community center than a wild girls’ night out. Couples sit at the bar across from erotic prints of intertwined, naked women hanging from the deep purple walls.

The photos, donated by a regular years ago, are imagery of lesbians for lesbians — intimate and sensual — a shift from woman-on-woman erotica staged for men.  On a makeshift stage two rooms over, a drag queen performs Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl.” A handful of customers sit in old chairs and sink deep into couch cushions with springs long past their heyday, tipping the performers with $1 bills.

Louisville’s Last Lesbian Bar Reflects Shift in LGBTQ Nightlife




Valedictorian Comes Out as Bisexual in Graduation Speech

During his valedictorian graduation speech, a high school senior named Mason Bleu announced to his class that he is bisexual.   In his speech, Bleu said:

“I want to end this speech by saying the only way we can make change is by being educated. I want to remind all of you to always be proud and to always remain humble. Be proud of what you’ve accomplished, be proud of who you are. Continue seeking knowledge and most importantly find ways to educate yourself.

I’ve struggled to be proud of something all my life, and since I’m preaching about being proud today, it’d be hypocritical of me to continue hiding. Not some people like getting emotional so saying is is extremely personal and hard.

‘For a long time, I’ve struggled with my sexuality. I’ve dodged it and ignored it because I wasn’t proud of who I am. But today I’m changing that. I’m proud to be a bisexual man.”


Valedictorian Comes Out as Bisexual in Graduation Speech




Democratic Debate Spotlights Transgender Rights

In a historic moment, Democratic presidential hopeful Julián Castro used the televised debate stage Wednesday night to support civil rights for transgender people.   His comments were echoed later by Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), who called for justice for Black trans women. Of the 20 candidates invited to the debate stage across two nights, Castro and Booker were the only two to specifically mention transgender rights.

It is not the first time the trans community has been mentioned in a primary debate—former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee asserted in a 2015 Republican debate that allowing transgender people in the military would be akin to a “social experiment.”  However, a spokesperson for liberal media watchdog group Media Matters for America noted that Castro and Booker’s comments are likely “the first time that trans rights were mentioned in an affirming way.”

This discussion of transgender rights on a presidential debate stage may signal the Democratic Party’s willingness to embrace broader civil rights and social justice platforms amid a shifting national conversation around LGBTQ rights. In 2008, not a single Democratic candidate endorsed marriage equality. But by 2016, the official Democratic platform included a section affirming that “LGBT rights are human rights and that American foreign policy should advance the ability of all persons to live with dignity, security, and respect, regardless of who they are or who they love.”

Democratic Debate Spotlights Transgender Rights



“Steven Universe” Just Revealed A Major Character is Intersex and Non-Binary

Fans of the Cartoon Network show Steven Universe already know that it’s one of the queerest kids’ cartoon series ever. But it’s getting even queerer now that its creators have revealed that a major character, Stevonnie, is both intersex and non-binary.

In a recent public service announcement (PSA) on Cartoon Network’s Instagram, Stevonnie flips through their own Instagram while discussing positivity and negativity on social media.

Near the beginning of the PSA, Stevonnie’s Instagram profile says, “I am an experience. Intersex, non-binary, they/them.” The text is on the screen so briefly that if you blink, you’ll miss it. But this quite possibly makes Stevonnie one of the only out intersex/non-binary kids’ cartoon characters we’ve ever heard of.

Stevonnie’s intersex and non-binary identity makes sense when you consider that they’re literally two of the show’s characters — its titular, part-extraterrestrial hero Steven Universe and his best girlfriend Connie Maheswaran — “fused” together.

“Steven Universe” Just Revealed A Major Character is Intersex and Non-Binary




Addy Raj on Virginity, Being an LGBT Ally and Breaking Stereotypes

Indian actor Addy Raj continues to soak up Pinoy culture, assimilating it by learning the Filipino language. But the former “Meant to Be” regular not only wishes to entertain, he also wants to talk about issues that matter to him.  Addy, 23, talks about his virginity quite often. He feels that young fans needn’t rush to lose theirs, either.

“Sa pananaw ko po bilang isang artista, responsibilidad ko na impluwensyahan ang mga tao sa mabuting paraan (In my opinion as an actor, it’s my responsibility to be a good influence on others),” he tells the Inquirer. “I feel it’s taboo to be a virgin in the Philippines after a certain age. Napansin ko na inaasar sila kapag ganoon (I notice that they get teased about it).”

And, as someone who’s “woke,” he also openly expresses support for Pride Month and members of the LGBTQ+ community.  “I’ve seen how [differently] my transgender manager was being treated just because she looks different,” the actor-model recalls. “It’s not OK to judge people based on their sexual preference or allow someone to be treated badly. Stand up for your friends, straight people! Be an ally today!”

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Tuesday, July 9th, 2019


Linda Cardellini (‘Dead to Me’) Could Crash Emmy Lineup

Let’s be honest: this year’s Emmy race for Best Comedy Actress makes the 2020 Democratic primary look like a cakewalk. There’s more than a dozen legitimate candidates fighting it out for a mere six spots, as several newcomers try to find space alongside returning champs and perpetual nominees. With so much competition, there’s certain to be a number of disappointing snubs. But don’t be surprised if Linda Cardellini (“Dead to Me”) manages to crash the lineup.

Cardellini, of course, is far from a newcomer. She’s been on our television screens for most of her life, from her breakthrough in “Freaks and Geeks” through her roles in “E.R.,” “Bloodline” and “Mad Men,” which brought her an Emmy bid as Best Drama Guest Actress in 2013. She’s found time to make a few movies as well, earning a SAG ensemble nomination for “Brokeback Mountain” (2005) and appearing in “Legally Blonde” (2001), “Scooby-Doo” (2012), “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (2015) and last year’s Best Picture Oscar winner, “Green Book” (2018).

To describe the plot of “Dead to Me” would verge into spoiler territory, so let’s just say it casts her as Judy Hale, a free-spirited assisted living nurse who befriends grieving widow Jen Harding (Christina Applegate). As the two grow closer, a shocking secret from Judy’s past threatens to ruin their red wine-soaked hangout sessions.

Linda Cardellini (‘Dead to Me’) Could Crash Emmy Lineup



Gay Men, Hinge, and Pete Buttigieg

For six years, Chelsea resident Michael Crawford worked for Freedom To Marry, the campaign to make gay marriage legal nationwide. It passed in 2015, but Crawford himself remained single.  “I had been looking, but not looking,” Crawford, now the culture director at Move.org, told The Post of his love life. “I kind of lost hope.”  But Crawford changed his mind after openly gay Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg, 37, and his school-teacher husband Chasten, 30, burst onto the national scene this year.

“After reading about Mayor Pete and Chasten, I realized that it’s finally time for me. They are the most visible gay couple out there, and they’re adorable. I heard they met on [dating app] Hinge so I downloaded it,” said Crawford, who is in his late 40s and became a Hinge member in late June. 

He’s not the only gay man who has recently signed up after being charmed by the Buttigiegs’ fairy tale.  According to Hinge — an app that searches users’ Facebook connections to match them with friends of friends — there has been a 30 percent increase in profiles created by gay men since April 1. In late March, Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., told CNN’s Van Jones in an ­interview that he met his husband on the dating app.

Gay Men, Hinge, and Pete Buttigieg



Lesbian Visibility at Women's World Cup

The U.S. Women’s National Team, which will battle the Netherlands at the Women’s World Cup final in France on Sunday, boasts three world titles and five out and proud LGBTQ players. Two of its soccer stars — Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris — are engaged, and the team’s coach, Jillian Ellis, is also an out lesbian.  Women in the sport are also coming out internationally: Approximately 40 lesbian and bisexual players participated in the Women’s World Cup this year, compared to less than 20 in 2015, according to LGBTQ sports site Outsports. The Netherlands, which will face the United States in the final, also has five openly LGBTQ players.

This increasing visibility is a sign that sports are becoming more inclusive, said Cheryl Cooky, associate professor of women, gender and sexuality studies at Purdue University and co-author of “No Slam Dunk: Gender, Sport, and the Unevenness of Social Change.”

“I think it signifies partly this new generation of young women who are coming into the sport, who have grown up in a different cultural context wherein being openly out, being queer, being non-gender conforming — whatever kind of identity — are not stigmatized to the extent to which they were in the past,” Cooky told NBC News.

Lesbian Visibility at Women's World Cup




TALKRADIO Host Iain Lee Comes Out As Bisexual

TalkRadio host Iain Lee has come out as bisexual live on air, revealing that he’d had relationships with men as a teenager and had been keeping his sexuality a secret for 30 years.

The 46-year-old broadcaster, who appeared on ITV’s I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here in 2017, told listeners he had suffered from depression in his teens and that he is seeking professional help from a therapist following his divorce from BBC journalist Helena Wilkinson this year.

“I've been doing a lot of work with him trying to get through this sodding depression,” Lee said, noting that the sessions had brought up things that began when he was around 14 years old and “basically engaged in sexual acts with significantly older men”.  “And this kind of went on for quite a while,” he continued, adding that he’d always been confused about these relationships and how he now recognises certain behaviours as a form of abuse.  “I can see it for what it was,” he said, noting that his therapist help him come to an even more important conclusion.

TALKRADIO Host Iain Lee Comes Out As Bisexual




Actor Wants To See More Of His Experience Onscreen

The first openly transgender actor in the Marvel Universe says there needs to be more representation of his experience.  Zach Barack plays a classmate of Peter Parker’s in “Spider-Man: Far From Home.” His gender identity is not addressed in the brief role.

Barack said that to him, superhero movies “always felt like a trans story because it’s talking about identity.”   “It’s about separating what people know about you and what they don’t,” Barack said at last week’s premiere of the film. “And I think that’s something I kind of live with every day. And on top of that, I don’t see a lot of trans-masculine people on television or trans men specifically, and getting to be part of that is beyond unreal.”

The 23-year-old Chicago-area native, who also appeared in the TV series “L.A.’s Finest,” said there needs to be more roles for trans people in all sorts of movies. “The truth is you have to put out there what people want to see and what people need to see,” he said. “And as a young person who is trans, I didn’t see a trans man on TV ever, ever, really, until I was like, 17. So having a fun movie about a class going on a trip together, and I get to be part of that, I can’t even ...”

Actor Wants To See More Of His Experience Onscreen



"Young Justice: Outsiders" Character Revealed As Genderqueer

"Influence," the first of the latest batch of Young Justice season 3 episodes, has revealed that one of the junior Justice League members is genderqueer: Halo. This revelation is less shocking than it might seem, however, given the background of the character in question and their unique circumstances.

DC Comics has been strongly encouraging LGBTQIA representation in their comics and their adaptations in recent years. Both Wonder Woman and Catwoman were confirmed as bisexual in their solo series and Harley Quinn's long-hinted romance with Poison Ivy is slatted to be explored in an upcoming DC miniseries. John Constantine, who has been portrayed as bisexual in the comics since the 1980s, was depicted with a steady boyfriend in Legends of Tomorrow season 4. Plus, The CW will be premiering a Batwoman series later this year in which the central character is openly lesbian (and so is the main actress, Ruby Rose). Yet Young Justice hasn't revealed any of its characters as non-heterosexual until now.

"Influence" sees the four youngest members of the Outsiders - Terra, Geo-Force, Halo and Forager - being recruited to officially join the Justice League's covert-operations team. Upon welcoming them to the Justice League's base, the Watchtower, team leader Ms. Martian comments that it's nice to see another non-Earthling on the team, making reference to Forager's status as an outcast from the bug-people of New Genesis. Tigress agrees, saying that she thinks its nice to see more girls on the team and that they're keeping pace with the boys. This leads Halo to announce that they are not really sure if they are a girl or a boy, despite their human female body.

"Young Justice: Outsiders" Character Revealed As Genderqueer




Israel Folau’s Hateful Money Beg

On Friday we reported that fired rugby superstar Israel Folau had raised nearly half a million dollars on a GoFundMe campaign after begging supporters to fund his legal defense. GoFundMe shut the campaign down over the weekend for violating its terms of service.  Said GoFundMe spokesperson Nicola Britton: “As a company, we are absolutely committed to the fight for equality for LGBTIQ+ people and fostering an environment of inclusivity. While we welcome GoFundMes engaging in diverse civil debate, we do not tolerate the promotion of discrimination or exclusion … Our platform exists to help people help others.”

Folau, who was hoping to make $3 million on the GoFundMe, is also suing Rugby Australia for $10 million.

Folau’s former Wallabies teammate lashed out at him on Twitter over the GoFundMe campaign: “YOU are in a fight that YOU chose to be in after YOU broke the terms of YOUR contract, the kids below are in a fight they NEVER wanted to be in & yet YOU think YOU deserve donations more than they do??!! It’s no longer about religion, it’s about YOU and YOUR greed.@IzzyFolau”

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Tuesday, July 16th, 2019



Listening to Summer Music?

The season of Summer has its own feel, and often we associate certain songs with this season.   

YouTube has become a place where people can express their opinions and creativity, and Ultimate Brokeback member foreverinawe has come across a YouTuber who has created some unique Summer playlists.

YouTuber James Randall has numerous videos posted that deal with different aspects of music.  His latest postings are all titled "Summer Music", and then the specific year that the video pertains to.  He starts in the year 1936, and goes through to 1969.

Are you curious as to what the songs of the summer were during those times?  Click the link below to go to the What Are You Listening To Now thread, and read the post placed there by foreverinawe.

What Are You Listening To Now?


‘Stranger Things 3’ Character Death in Question

The “Stranger Things 3” finale left fans shocked when David Harbour’s Jim Hopper died after sacrificing himself to help close the gate between the real world and the Upside Down. Harbour’s character has been one of the driving forces of “Stranger Things” for its first three seasons, making his death a major game-changer for the series moving forward. But is Hopper really dead? A mid-credits scene revealed the existence of an unknown American prisoner in Russia. Fans have been buzzing that Hopper is said prisoner, although there are theories out there that the imprisoned American could also be Matthew Modine’s Dr. Martin Brenner from the first season.

Whoever the prisoner ends up being, Hopper’s return to “Stranger Things,” despite his death, seems likely. TVLine founder Michael Ausiello reports that Harbour is contracted through a potential fourth season of “Stranger Things.” Netflix has yet to officially announce “Stranger Things 4,” but it’s all but guaranteed considering the record-breaking success of the current season.

According to Ausiello, Harbour’s “Stranger Things” contract possibly extends beyond a fourth season. It’s important to note that just because Harbour is contracted for “Stranger Things 4,” it doesn’t mean he’s required to appear. Showrunners Matt and Ross Duffer have the ability not to pick up Harbour’s Season 4 option, but will “Stranger Things” continue without Hopper in any capacity? Most fans are skeptical.

‘Stranger Things’ Character Death in Question



Tim and Tamati’s Baby Journey

Tūtānekai Smith-Coffey was born in the early hours of Wednesday July 10th, 2019.  His name, stems from one of the Te Arawa tribe’s most famous love stories between Hinemoa and Tūtānekai, who battled adversity to be together.  And this story is not too far from the truth for these two, or three, who have battled to produce their little miracle.

The baby was carried by a surrogate, Natasha Dalziel, the pregnancy announced earlier this year at Auckland's Big Gay Out.  Tim and Tamati who had a civil union in 2011, have been together for over 10 years.  Tamati Coffey is a former TV weatherman, winner of Dancing with the Stars and these days, MP for Waiariki. The love of his life is Tim Smith, a former music teacher from Northern England.  Together they're known as TimTam.

But becoming a parent for a gay male is not easy even though there are laws against discrimination.  For starters biology is not on their side.  So Tamati and Tim needed to find an egg to fertilise and a surrogate to carry it.

Tim and Tamati’s Baby Journey



One Million Moms Are Boycotting ‘Toy Story 4’

An offshoot of a Southern Poverty Law Center-designated hate group is calling for a boycott of Toy Story 4. Seriously.  One Million Moms, part of the anti-LGBTQ American Family Association, is objecting to two different shots of Bonnie’s first day of kindergarten. You probably wouldn’t notice it if you weren’t looking for it, but an interracial lesbian couple is seen dropping their kid off and later picking her up from school.

It’s these characters, who have no names, no lines, and no appearances in the foreground, that the organization says “blindsides” families. The subtlety of their inclusion is, in its mind, a cunning effort to desensitize children to the horrors of a child with two loving parents.

“The scene was included and intentionally not announced prior to the movie release in hopes it would be kept quiet to expose as many children as possible,” the organization says in a claim that has echoes of hateful tropes associating homosexuality and pedophilia.

One Million Moms Are Boycotting ‘Toy Story 4’



A Bisexual Man Was Banned From Donating Blood.

A bi man donated a kidney to protest the gay blood ban.  Currently the FDA bans any man who had sex with another man in the previous year from donating blood. The policy has been criticized by LGBTQ organizations for being based on homophobia.

Barton Lynch, 24, lives in Virginia and he regularly gave blood as a way to honor his father, who was diagnosed with cancer when Lynch was in college.  But he started dating men as well as women, which means that he can no longer donate blood.  The policy “frustrates me to no end, because I think it’s based on outdated science and outdated [HIV] scares,” Lynch told the Washingtonian.  “Other countries have changed their collection procedures and they’re not showing adverse effects, so it just seemed like this was one more reason to do it.”

So he decided to donate a kidney instead. While men who have sex with men can’t donate blood, they’re allowed to donate organs and bone marrow.  “I didn’t go to work for three days, so that someone could have their life given back to them,” Lynch said.

A Bisexual Man Was Banned From Donating Blood.




Freed Transgender Inmate To Fight For Trans Prisoner Rights

A transgender woman who just got out of prison says she'll continue to fight for the rights of other transgender inmates now that she's free.  Deon "Strawberry" Hampton, of Chicago, was released Monday from Logan Correctional Center that houses women inmates outside of Lincoln. She was serving a 10-year sentence for burglary. She maintains her innocence.

She battled the Illinois Department of Corrections to be moved from a men's to a women's prison because she said she faced sexual assault, taunting and beatings in male prisons. She was moved in December to the women's prison in Logan County.  "On one occasion where I was physically assaulted, I was stomped, I was spit on, I was dragged, my clothes were sliced off of me with a knife," she told the Chicago Sun-Times two days after her release. She said she faced abuse in Dixon, Pickneyville, Menard and Lawrence Correctional Centers.

Hampton has two ongoing lawsuits against the Corrections Department through which her lawyers are hoping to receive damages.  A department spokeswoman, Lindsey Hess, said the department couldn't comment on Hampton's allegations because of pending litigation.

Freed Transgender Inmate To Fight For Trans Prisoner Rights


City Leaders Decry Infant Intersex Surgeries

Two top New York City officials are calling on the medical profession to reconsider its approach to surgeries for intersex infants amid concerns that such operations at birth can be traumatic and lead to problems for them later in life.

Intersex people, who are born with a reproductive system or anatomy that does not align with the usual definitions of male or female, often are forced as babies to undergo surgeries that attempt to adjust their anatomy to more closely reflect one or the other. But that practice has come under intense scrutiny — especially since those surgeries don’t necessarily reflect the gender identities of folks when they get older. City Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot and Human Rights Commissioner Carmelyn P. Malalis penned an op-ed for Ozy.com stating that there is a “growing consensus among medical providers to defer surgical interventions until an individual is able to have an informed voice in the process.”

“Now is the time for doctors to respect the rights of intersex people, use compassionate care with children and only perform surgery when the health of a child is at imminent risk or it is consensual,” the pair wrote. “Parents deserve to be given resources for social and psychological support when their children are born with intersex traits, not pressured into having doctors operate. New York City will continue to support and advocate for intersex people, and we call on others to join us as allies.”

City Leaders Decry Infant Intersex Surgeries




From Homophobe to Ally

A reformed homophobe told all of Reddit how a coworker turned him into a card-carrying gay ally, and commenters are raving about the “amazing,” “wonderful,” and “beautiful” story.  The user started off by confessing that he was a “vocal and hateful gay basher” in his teen years. “I didn’t know just how many of my close friends were gay because, let’s face it, people who think they’re smart tend to be somewhat out of touch until life gives them an attitude adjustment,” he wrote.

His homophobic views started to turn around once he started working an office job and was seated at a partner desk with Randy, the “first openly gay and proud man” he’d ever met. “He made no apologies for who he was, at a point in time where the HIV and AIDS crisis had produced many asshole opinions just like mine,” he explained.

“The day Randy started his job I made my position about homosexuality horrifically, rudely clear,” the Redditor added. “He smiled, and with a politeness that I never deserved, said that he was sorry that I let his homosexuality bother me. But that it wasn’t going to get in the way of us getting good solid work done together.”

And how! Not only did Randy excel at his job, he performed even better than the Redditor, though Randy never acted superior. “From the bottom of his heart, if Randy could help another person out, that was what he wanted to do,” the Redditor remembered. “I became better at my job because of him.”

From Homophobe to Ally



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Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019


Listening to Summer Music?

The season of Summer has its own feel, and often we associate certain songs with this season.   

YouTube has become a place where people can express their opinions and creativity, and Ultimate Brokeback member foreverinawe has come across a YouTuber who has created some unique Summer playlists.

YouTuber James Randall has numerous videos posted that deal with different aspects of music.  His latest postings are all titled "Summer Music", and then the specific year that the video pertains to.  He starts in the year 1936, and goes through to 1969.

Are you curious as to what the songs of the summer were during those times?  Click the link below to go to the What Are You Listening To Now thread, and read the post placed there by foreverinawe.

What Are You Listening To Now?


New Women in the Academy - One is Diana Ossana

Half of the 842 new members invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are women, the group announced on Monday.  The organization behind the Oscars also disclosed that 29% of the new invitees are people of color. Should those people accept, and they almost universally do, the Academy will have doubled the percentage of nonwhite people in their ranks in four years.

In 2015, people of color accounted for only 8% of the Academy body. In 2019, it stands at 16%, the Academy reported. As it stands, the Academy counts 8,946 active members, with 8,733 eligible to vote on the Oscars. The total membership including retired members is 9,794. This year’s number falls short of 2018’s record of 928 invitations.

New members in this round include “Crazy Rich Asians” director Jon Chu, actors Winston Duke and Gemma Chan, and screenwriters Ritesh Batra (“Photograph”), Chinonye Chukwu (“Clemency”), Park Young-soo (“Detective Dee”) and Ryo Sakaguchi (“Ant-Man and the Wasp”).

Ten of the 17 Academy arms invited more women than men, including directors, writers, executives, makeup and hair, costume design and casting. The directors branch is notable thanks to the abysmal employment numbers for women in the directors chair. New members to the directors branch include Nisha Ganatra, Jennifer Kent, Melanie Laurent and Eva Husson.

A complete list of the all the newly invited members can be seen at the link below.

New Women in the Academy - One is Diana Ossana



Gay Couple Roils Brazil’s Far Right

The votes had been tallied, and the skies of Rio de Janeiro crackled with fireworks as supporters celebrated the decisive election of a far-right populist, Jair Bolsonaro, as Brazil’s president.  But not everyone was jubilant. David Miranda, a socialist Rio de Janeiro council member who had campaigned for Congress, reached for a bottle that October night to mourn his electoral loss. His  husband, Glenn Greenwald, a spitfire American journalist, popped a Xanax. The political era that dawned felt like a gut punch for the gay, biracial couple.

“We are the antithesis of Bolsonaro,” Mr. Miranda said in an interview. “We’re everything they hate.”

Since then, the two men find themselves on the front lines of the country’s increasingly bitter political divide. In June, Mr. Greenwald’s news organization published reports suggesting that Mr. Bolsonaro’s main opponent in the race was improperly jailed just six months before the election, raising serious questions about the legitimacy of Mr. Bolsonaro’s victory and testing the mettle of Brazil’s democratic institutions.

Gay Couple Roils Brazil’s Far Right



Lesbian Couple Makes History as Wimbledon Doubles Partners

This year’s Wimbledon tennis championship tournament had a bright gay spot with Belgian tennis players Alison van Uytvanck and Greet Minnen making history as the first ever out lesbian couple playing together  as doubles partners.  We actually highlighted the couple last year when Uytvanck kissed Minnen in the stands after winning her Wimbledon match. But this year, Minnen isn’t just supporting her girlfriend from the sidelines — she’s playing alongside her on the court.

They’ve effectively made history as the first ever out same-sex couple to play doubles at Wimbledon together, according to Outsports.com.  Uytvanck, 25, came out in a 2018 TV interview after she won the Hungarian Ladies Open in Budapest. At the time she said that she was in a relationship with Minnen, a professional tennis player and that she needed to come out because she had no reason not to.

“I’m not sick. I don’t have a disease,” she said at a press conference.  The couple then made a splash at Wimbledon 2018 when the BBC aired their post-match kiss.

Lesbian Couple Makes History as Wimbledon Doubles Partners




Coming Out as Bisexual in India

Who am I? I think all of us must’ve asked this question to ourselves at some point in our lives. Our lives and experiences are shaped not only by how we see ourselves but also by how others see us, which means that this struggle for identity is universal and very significant.  I come from Darjeeling, a town in north Bengal. I have a vagina, hence I was assigned female at birth, and I identify as “definitely not straight”.

I grew up in a fairly religious Catholic household. And given the views on homosexuality in the Bible, I have had my share of alienation owing to my ‘non-straightness’. I remember being 14 and asking the nun who taught us Catechism whether members of the then-popular ‘lesbian’ band called t.A.T.u would get into heaven, given that they make music and music makes people happy. I was told categorically that all their good would pale because of their one quality: being homosexuals. Even though I knew that there was something wrong with this narrative, I couldn’t fight the system then.

Coming Out as Bisexual in India




Transgender Man's Mastectomy Surgery Dubbed 'Mutilation'

Penylan Pantry in Cardiff shared a post to help Elliot Comanescu crowdfund enough money to have his breasts removed privately.  But the shop was criticised by several people on social media for promoting "body mutilation".

Elliot said he had counselling before making the decision to have surgery.  But he was shocked when his bid to go ahead with the operation sparked a backlash on social media.  Some comments referred to Elliot as a woman throughout and told him to "seek psychotherapy" instead.  The Pantry has since deleted the comments, and has posted its support for its 21-year-old employee.

"We stand by Elliot and will continue to support and love him," it said.  "We appreciate that people have different views, however this is not a discussion platform."

Elliot, from Cardiff, said felt like he was different from a young age.  "I remember once being at a family barbecue running around with my top off, and kind of knew somehow or other that I would definitely be a guy when I was older."

Transgender Man's Mastectomy Surgery Dubbed 'Mutilation'



‘Carnival Row’ Character Is Pansexual

Cara Delevingne and Orlando Bloom’s love affair may be at the center of the upcoming Amazon Prime Video series “Carnival Row,” but the British actress doesn’t want viewers to assume her faerie character is heterosexual.  “I’m a pansexual faerie,” Delevingne told Variety during an exclusive one-on-one interview at Comic-Con adding that there are other queer characters in the show.
“All faeries generally are,” she said. “They don’t see gender. It’s all about who they are and their hearts. A lot of the things that weren’t written in the script, we made them so. Obviously, I didn’t say, ‘I want to be a pansexual faerie,’ but it made sense that all faeries kind of just love who they love.”

The series is set in a neo-Victorian fantasy world where immigrant creatures resettle in human land after their forest homeland is invaded by man.

“It’s really talking about immigration and refugees and classism and sexism, racism and elitism,” Delevingne said.

‘Carnival Row’ Character Is Pansexual




LGBT Office Trains ‘Aspiring’ Allies

One campus LGBT office has taken the concept of “allyship” to the next level, reminding wannabe LGBT supporters that they are not perfect and never will be.

An “ally,” according to the Human Rights Campaign, is “someone who is supportive of LGBT people.” The term “encompasses non-LGBT allies as well as those within the LGBT community who support each other, e.g. a lesbian who is an ally to the bisexual community.”

The concept has become popular on college campuses in recent years, with LGBT offices offering “ally training” for those who want to support their non-straight friends. Yet one campus has rejected the notion that one can ever truly be an ally.  The University of Oklahoma’s ally training “started nearly 12 years ago…with the intent to change the culture on campus, one person at a time,” the school’s website declares.

LGBT Office Trains ‘Aspiring’ Allies



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Tuesday, July 30th, 2019


Listening to Summer Music?



The season of Summer has its own feel, and often we associate certain songs with this season.   

YouTube has become a place where people can express their opinions and creativity, and Ultimate Brokeback member foreverinawe has come across a YouTuber who has created some unique Summer playlists.

YouTuber James Randall has numerous videos posted that deal with different aspects of music.  His latest postings are all titled "Summer Music", and then the specific year that the video pertains to.  He starts in the year 1936, and goes through to 1969.

Are you curious as to what the songs of the summer were during those times?  Click the link below to go to the What Are You Listening To Now thread, and read the post placed there by foreverinawe.

What Are You Listening To Now?


Heath Ledger Hated 'Brokeback Mountain' Jokes



Fifteen years ago, Jake Gyllenhaal starred alongside Heath Ledger in the critically acclaimed film "Brokeback Mountain," a same-sex love story he said "meant so much to us."

"It opened tons of doors," Gyllenhaal told Willie Geist during an interview Thursday for "Sunday Today." "It was crazy. It was amazing. It's defined my career in different ways.

Gyllenhaal played Jack Twist and Ledger, who died in 2008, portrayed Ennis Del Mar, two sheep herders who develop a passionate relationship in the Wyoming mountains in the 1960s.  Despite becoming a pop culture phenomenon amid the film's success, "Brokeback Mountain" was plagued by insensitive jokes and often dubbed a "gay cowboy movie." Gyllenhaal said Ledger took issue with the parodying because it diminished the story.

"I see people who have joked with me or criticized me about lines I say in that movie," Gyllenhaal said. "That's the thing I loved about Heath. He would never joke. Someone wanted to make a joke about the story or whatever, he was like, 'No. This is about love. Like, that's it, man. Like, no.'"

Heath Ledger Hated 'Brokeback Mountain' Jokes



Anti-Gay Purge Victim Speaks Out



It was just after lunchtime on the day Amin Dzhabrailov was taken. A woman who was about to get married had come to the salon in the Chechen capital of Grozny where he worked, and the two were happily chatting as he colored her hair. Then, he recalls, three men in uniform barged in, asking for him by name. Soon, Dzhabrailov was being hauled outside, handcuffed and thrust into the back of a car. It was hot. He felt like he couldn’t breathe. As the car took off, “my heart stopped,” he says.

Though the three men didn’t explain why they had come, it soon became clear, as they took Dzhabrailov’s phone, demanded his password and started scouring the device for messages and photos that would prove he was guilty of something considered deeply shameful in the conservative, predominantly Muslim republic: being gay. Dzhabrailov doesn’t recall how long the car ride lasted, but he does recall his overriding fear. “The door is going to open,” the 27-year-old tells TIME, “and I’m going to die."

Dzhabrailov is one of at least dozens of men who were detained and tortured in an anti-gay “purge” that took place in Chechnya in 2017, according to news reports, human rights organizations and European agencies. He is also one of the first to go on the record about his experience and reveal his identity in the media, though he fears retaliation against himself and his family.

Anti-Gay Purge Victim Speaks Out



Day Car Rejects Child of Lesbian Parents


A lesbian couple said their daughter was denied admission to a Christian day care because of her parents’ sexuality.  Brittney Ready and her wife, Stacey, received a call Thursday stating that Parkview Christian Academy in Waco, Texas, had an opening for their youngest child, Callie, after months on a waiting list.

“With excitement, we went in this afternoon ready to see the place and get her started,” Brittney Ready wrote on her Facebook page. “The director was super sweet and welcoming to us and Callie!”  Before leaving the day care, however, another school administrator called the couple into his office to alert them that he had heard they were “mates” and that, as a result, the school could not enroll their daughter.

“So does that mean ‘unwed parents’ cannot enroll their kids? Does that mean ‘divorced parents’ cannot enroll their children there? Because sin is sin and Jesus sat and welcomed allllll the sinners,” Brittney Ready wrote in her post. “We were not trying to plague your daycare sir, WE ARE GAY, our daughter IS NOT!”

Day Car Rejects Child of Lesbian Parents




Bisexuals Have the Spotlight

In 1975, Woody Allen informed the New York Times that bisexuality “immediately doubles your chances for a date on Saturday night.” Unfortunately, this logic—which I still hear quoted from time to time—doesn’t really hold up. For it to apply universally, everyone would have to be bisexual, and more fantastically, also willing to date bisexuals—something widespread biphobia precludes. However, the current season of MTV’s reality dating game show Are You the One? has manufactured a special situation where Allen’s formulation might just hold—but where doubling your chances for a date means significantly worsening your odds of winning the game.

The show, now in its eighth season, works like this: A group of people are selected to live together in a house and search for their “perfect match” among the housemates. They’re told at the beginning that a panel of “relationship experts” has paired up everyone in the house. At a “matchup ceremony” each episode, all the contestants select the person they think is most likely to be their perfect match; once they’ve all paired off, they’re told how many matches they’ve guessed correctly, but not which. As the show continues, they can use a combination of statistical deduction (derived from the matchup ceremony results), as well as growing knowledge of one another, to try and make more accurate guesses. If at any point during the season they’re able to guess all eight matches correctly, they win $1 million to share.

That’s already hard enough, but this time around, Are You the One? is doing something revolutionary that will also make the game even more difficult: Everyone in the house is attracted to people of all genders. If the house had eight straight men and eight straight women, there would be 40,320 possible combinations. But in a house with 16 people who could all potentially be attracted to each other, there are 2,027,025 possible combinations. And after each matchup ceremony, the statistical likelihood that any two people are a match changes. (Audiences can follow these changes on a blog devoted to the math behind the show.)

Bisexuals Have the Spotlight




Transgender Case at the Supreme Court


A mother in Minnesota who sued her transgender daughter for emancipating herself and then obtaining gender transition care is bringing her case to the Supreme Court, though her daughter is no longer a party to the case.

Anmarie Calgaro, represented by the conservative Thomas More Society, filed a petition on Wednesday alleging that her “parental Due Process Clause rights” were violated by St. Louis County, medical providers and the St. Louis County School District.  Her daughter, identified in court papers as E.J.K., moved out in 2015 and at 15 years old obtained a letter from a legal clinic that concluded E.J.K. was “legally emancipated.”

Using that letter, E.J.K. was able to obtain gender transition care, described in the petition “as life-altering elective medical services for gender transformation, including potential surgery,” and prescription medication from two medical providers. When Calgaro attempted to intervene, the medical providers rebuffed her. So too did E.J.K.’s high school, when Calgaro sought to obtain her daughter’s educational records.

Transgender Case at the Supreme Court



Bella Thorne Is Pansexual


Bella Thorne came out as pansexual in an interview with ABC’s Good Morning America yesterday. When host Juju Chang asked her about coming out as bisexual on Twitter in 2016, Thorne corrected her. "I realized recently that I'm actually pansexual, and I didn't know that,” Thorne said. “Somebody explained thoroughly what that is. I am pan.” Asked to define pansexuality, Thorne said, “You like beings. You like what you like. Doesn't have to be a girl, or a guy, or a he, a she, a they, or this or that. It's literally, you like personality, you just like a being."

Thorne’s definition is pretty spot-on: GLAAD describes someone who is pansexual as “A person who has the capacity to form enduring physical, romantic, and/or emotional attractions to any person, regardless of gender identity.” In contrast, GLAAD’s definition of someone who is bisexual is “A person who has the capacity to form enduring physical, romantic, and/ or emotional attractions to those of the same gender or to those of another gender.” In other words, pansexuality is attraction regardless of gender, and bisexuality is attraction to more than one gender.

Bella Thorne Is Pansexual




Marianne Williamson: ‘I Honor Gay Love Because It’s Love’



One underdog Democratic presidential candidate with firsthand experience of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s wants to wield love — including gay love — as her weapon of choice to take on President Trump in 2020.  Marianne Williamson, an author whose vision for a “Politics of Love” is the subject of her latest book and drew attention at the first Democratic debate, said in an interview Thursday with the Washington Blade her vision applies to LGBT people.

“I don’t think that there’s gender to love, I don’t think there’s sexuality to love,” Williamson said. “I think that sexuality and gender are the containers and the ways we express our love, but I think love is love. I honor gay love because it’s love. I honor love.”

Williamson, 67, said her work during the height of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s is “well-documented.” At the time, she founded the Los Angeles and Manhattan Centers for Living, which sought to provide free non-medical care to people with HIV, and Project Angel Food, which delivers food to homebound people with AIDS.

“I’ve worked with thousands of people during that time, during the AIDS crisis, spiritual support groups, food, etcetera.,” Williamson said. “So actually, my activism on behalf of that community has been ongoing and began during the AIDS crisis, so my connection to that community has been strong and has been going on for a very long time.”

Marianne Williamson: ‘I Honor Gay Love Because It’s Love’



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Tuesday, August 6th, 2019


Listening to Summer Music?

The season of Summer has its own feel, and often we associate certain songs with this season.   

YouTube has become a place where people can express their opinions and creativity, and Ultimate Brokeback member foreverinawe has come across a YouTuber who has created some unique Summer playlists.

YouTuber James Randall has numerous videos posted that deal with different aspects of music.  His latest postings are all titled "Summer Music", and then the specific year that the video pertains to.  He starts in the year 1936, and goes through to 1969.

Are you curious as to what the songs of the summer were during those times?  Click the link below to go to the What Are You Listening To Now thread, and read the post placed there by foreverinawe.

What Are You Listening To Now?


'Lonesome Dove' and 'Field of Dreams': A Guy's Doctrine

We didn't know it at the time, but 30 years ago this past winter and spring – February and May, to be exact – we guys were given two of the great “guy” moments of our time or any other time.

First, the harsh reality: 30 years, three decades, since “Field of Dreams,” became a movie, since we learned that ... if we build it he will come, since we learned no, this isn't heaven, it's Iowa, since we were introduced to Moonlight Graham and Ray Kinsella and Terence Mann, who of course we all knew at the time was really J.D. Salinger carefully disguised as James Earl Jones.  And 30 years – those same three lost decades in which we may or may not have done very much with our own lives – 30 years since “Lonesome Dove,” since Augustus McCrae – “Gus” – and Woodrow F. Call headed north on the Hat Creek Cattle Company drive from Texas to Montana.

But you know the stories, both of them, and if you don't there's neither time nor space here to tell them adequately. Suffice it to say that both are tales of seekers, searchers, men mostly in search of either who they are, who they were or, more importantly, who and what they might become in whatever time is left to them.

“Field of Dreams” is simply a baseball movie until it becomes so much more. “Lonesome Dove” is simply a western movie until it becomes so much more.  “Lonesome Dove” actually was a TV show, a miniseries back before Netflix, before we knew what binge watching was. It ran from Sunday through Wednesday, Feb. 5 through 8 of 1989.  By the end of that week, Gus and Woodrow and Jake Spoon and Lorena Wood and the persistently evil Blue Duck had become part of the American story, if Larry McMurtry's great novel of four years earlier hadn't already put them there. Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones became forever “Gus” and “Woodrow.”

'Lonesome Dove' and 'Field of Dreams': A Guy's Doctrine



Lil Nas X Came Out, But Has Hip-Hop?

On June 30, the final day of Pride Month, the young country-rap sensation Lil Nas X came out to his 2.2 million Twitter followers.  “Some of y’all already know, some of y’all don’t care, some of y’all not gone fwm no more. but before this month ends i want y’all to listen closely to ‘c7osure’ he wrote, referring to a track from his debut EP “7,” then the No. 1 rap album in the country.  “Embracin’ this news I behold unfolding … I know it don’t feel like it’s time,” he raps. “But I look back at this moment, I’ll see that I’m fine.”

Overnight, the 20-year-old Atlanta native — born Montero Lamar Hill — became the biggest gay pop star in the world. That he did so in the orbit of hip-hop and country, genres that have historically snubbed queer artists, was groundbreaking.

“Lil Nas X re-imagined an image of the Wrangler-wearing, horseback-riding man’s man into a young black representative of youth culture, got the attention of two traditionally macho cultures and then came out on the last day of Pride,” said Roy Kinsey, a Chicago-based librarian and rapper at the forefront of Chicago’s queer rap scene. “It was genius.” 

“It’s hard to be out in genres where being gay, or expressing your sexuality, is frowned upon,” added platinum rapper and singer iLoveMakonnen, born Makonnen Sheran, who rose to fame as a protégé of Drake and came out as gay in 2017. “We are finally starting to see queer black men celebrated in the genre. But this is still a genre that has never been supportive of change.”

Lil Nas X Came Out, But Has Hip-Hop?



Hindu-Muslim Lesbian Couple Praised For Stunning Pics

Anjali Chakra and Sundas Malik from New York recently celebrated their one-year anniversary. To mark the occasion, Anjali, a Hindu woman from India, and Sundas, a Muslim artist from Pakistan, enlisted the help of photographer Sarowar Ahmed. Together, they created a stunning photo shoot that transcended borders and brought together divided nations. Captioned ‘a New York love story’, the shoot has since gone viral, and has been praised by half a million people so far.

The photos show Anjali and Sundas in exquisite traditional gowns in Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan, and under an umbrella on a rainy day in Chelsea. We spoke to Anjali and Sundas about the shoot going viral and the positive reaction that it has elicited. ‘It’s been so widespread!,’ they told Metro.co.uk. ‘People from all over the world have been reaching out to us to say that they were touched by our story and our photos, and that’s so heartwarming. ‘It made us realise that when a whole group of people don’t get representation in the media, simply existing openly as a member of that group makes a difference. ‘We feel good about all the young LGBTQIA girls, non-binary people, and boys looking at our photos, feeling seen and not alone.’ The couple revealed that getting dolled up wasn’t just in honour of their anniversary, but also because Sundas was meeting Anjali’ extended family for the first time. She said finding the perfect outfits was important in feeling comfortable ahead of the event.

Hindu-Muslim Lesbian Couple Praised For Stunning Pics




Trudeau Called to Intervene in Deportation of Bisexual Asylum-Seeker

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been called on to intervene in the case of a bisexual asylum seeker who has been ordered to be deported to Guinea on Saturday.  Karim, whose real name is being withheld for security reasons, had appealed to the federal court for a reprieve, arguing that he feared for his life if sent back because of his sexual orientation. He arrived in Montreal in 2016.  The court’s decision not to grant a reprieve was rendered at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

“Karim’s lawyer Stewart Istvanffy, who said the court failed to respect the Charter of Rights and Freedoms as well as Canada’s international obligations, said he has turned to the prime minister for support.  “Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said he supports equal rights for gays and this decision goes against Canadian values and respect for equal rights,” said the lawyer, who specializes in immigration and human rights.

Istvanffy said Karim’s last hope is intervention by Trudeau, federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen or federal Public Security Minister Ralph Goodale.  Hussen previously intervened in Karim’s file in 2017, annulling a first deportation order and granting him a six-month permit to remain in the country, which was not renewed.

Trudeau Called to Intervene in Deportation of Bisexual Asylum-Seeker




Mario Lopez Faces Critics on the Left and Right

Shortly after facing a backlash for saying it’s “dangerous” for parents to support their young transgender children, “Extra” host Mario Lopez now has critics on the right who are angered that he backtracked following controversial remarks.  “The worst thing Mario Lopez did is apologize,” Brandon Tatum, owner of a conservative online clothing shop, wrote in a tweet that received more than 24,000 likes. “Stand by what you said or shut the hell up!!”

During Lopez’s appearance on “The Candace Owens Show” in June, the conservative commentator noted that Lopez’s son has “boyish” interests, and that it struck her as “a weird trend” that some celebrities, like Charlize Theron, are allowing their children to choose their gender identity.  “I’m kind of blown away, too,” Lopez responded. “I’m never one to tell anyone how to parent their kids, obviously, and I think if you come from a place of love, you really can’t go wrong, but at the same time, my God, if you're 3 years old and you’re saying you’re feeling a certain way or you think you’re a boy or a girl or whatever the case may be, I just think it's dangerous as a parent to make that determination."

“It's sort of alarming, and my gosh, I just think about the repercussions later on,” he continued.

Mario Lopez Faces Critics on the Left and Right



Swiss Court Bars Intersex Female Runner

Olympic gold medalist Caster Semenya won't defend her 800-meter title and compete in September's world track and field championships in Qatar after a Switzerland court reversed its ruling late Monday.   The court ruled that the 800-meter runner needs to adhere to rules passed by the sport's governing body — the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) — that require intersex athletes like Semenya to take testosterone-suppressing drugs.

“I am very disappointed to be kept from defending my hard-earned title, but this will not deter me from continuing my fight for the human rights of all of the female athletes concerned,” Semenya said in a statement released by her lawyer.

For the last half decade, the South African runner has had a human rights saga attached to her career. Back in May, the Court of Arbitration for Sport's panel of three judges denied Semenya's appeal against the IAAF rules that force female runners like herself to decrease their naturally high testosterone levels in select track and field events.  But Switzerland’s Federal Supreme Court last month suspended that rule, allowing Semenya to continue competing without using medication to lower her testosterone levels. Then last week a single judge on the Swiss Federal Supreme Court reversed the rulings.



Swiss Court Bars Intersex Female Runner




Why Cody Barlow Tours The South For The LGBT Community

This June, unassuming country boy Cody Barlow, 28, was just trying to support his LGBT friends and family when he used duct tape to decorate his truck's tailgate with a rainbow flag and his now viral message, “Not all country boys are bigots.” It was intended as a local pride month gesture, but the photo he posted on Facebook took off, unwittingly placing Barlow in the position of semi-professional ally and ultimately setting him on a course through several of the South’s pride events as he spread his message of equality. In this Q&A, Barlow explains what led to his “fifteen minutes” and what he intends to do with his current platform as he hits the road.

Why Cody Barlow Tours The South For The LGBT Community



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Tuesday, August 13th, 2019


Listening to Summer Music?

The season of Summer has its own feel, and often we associate certain songs with this season.   

YouTube has become a place where people can express their opinions and creativity, and Ultimate Brokeback member foreverinawe has come across a YouTuber who has created some unique Summer playlists.

YouTuber James Randall has numerous videos posted that deal with different aspects of music.  His latest postings are all titled "Summer Music", and then the specific year that the video pertains to.  He starts in the year 1936, and goes through to 1969.

Are you curious as to what the songs of the summer were during those times?  Click the link below to go to the What Are You Listening To Now thread, and read the post placed there by foreverinawe.

What Are You Listening To Now?


‘A Teacher’ Starring Kate Mara, Nick Robinson

FX has ordered the limited series “A Teacher,” based on the Hannah Fidell film of the same name.

The series explores the story behind the mugshot of a female high school teacher, Claire (Mara), caught in an affair with her male student, Eric (Robinson), revealing the complexities and consequences of these illegal relationships. FX has ordered 10 episodes.

“Working with FX – truly the home of all my favorite shows – on ‘A Teacher’ is a dream come true,” said Fidell. “I couldn’t ask for a more perfect partner who, from day one, has understood and embraced the inherenent complexities and nuance required for such subject matter.”

The film version of “A Teacher” — which Fidell wrote, produced, directed — was released in 2013, making its debut at the Sundance Film Festival. Fidell will also write and direct the series in addition to serving as an executive producer alongside Mara, Michael Costigan and Jason Bateman of Aggregate Films, and Danny Brocklehurst. FX Productions will produce.

‘A Teacher’ Starring Kate Mara, Nick Robinson



Gay Pride Gets Political in Poland

Two months before Poland's parliamentary election, LGBT issues have soared to the top of the political agenda, which is why the three leaders of a newly formed left-wing political alliance were marching in a gay pride parade Saturday in the central city of Płock.  "We have to be here for freedom," said Robert Biedroń, a newly elected MEP and leader of the Wiosna movement. "We want to convert [leader of the ruling Law and Justice party Jarosław] Kaczyński and the Catholic church," he added.

Until this year, gay rights had been a peripheral issue in Polish politics.  Many of Poland's MPs, including then Prime Minister and current European Council President Donald Tusk, laughed at the openly gay Biedroń as he delivered his first speech to the Polish parliament after winning a seat in 2011.

Most parties, including the ex-communist Democratic Left Alliance and Tusk's Civic Platform, have traditionally been leery of openly promoting issues like civil partnership, afraid of alienating a conservative country.

Gay Pride Gets Political in Poland



A New French Law Could Offer IVF

Today, French women can’t get fertility treatments unless they’re married. A French law passed in 2013 banned treatments such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), artificial insemination, and sperm donation for homosexual couples and single women. Now, president Emmanuel Macron’s government is drafting a law that wouldn’t just permit those procedures for gay and unmarried women—it would make them free under the country’s national health insurance, the AP reports.

Over the past few decades, homosexual couples and unmarried women in France that wanted children had to get creative. French women are spending up to €5,000 (about US$5,600) to receive a single round of IVF in private clinics in neighboring countries like Spain and Belgium. Some women who cannot afford IVF have turned to ordering donor sperm online, a risky practice that can lead them to contract diseases or be legally taken advantage of.

French prime minister Édouard Philippe introduced the bill earlier this year in an effort to win back leftwing supporters who feel Macron is a president for the wealthy. The new bill would guarantee each woman four rounds of assisted reproduction (IVF or artificial insemination) per pregnancy. The treatment will be available only to patients within a certain age range that has not yet been determined. The bill wouldn’t change the country’s laws around surrogacy, which would still be illegal.

A New French Law Could Offer IVF




Joshua Rush Comes Out As Bisexual

Joshua Rush, star of the Disney Channel's Andi Mack, came out as bisexual in an emotional Twitter thread.  On the recently canceled series, Rush, 17, played Cyrus Goodman, the first openly gay major character on a Disney Channel show. Last month, Cyrus was part of the network's first same-sex couple.

On Tuesday afternoon, Rush tweeted that the first person to respond to his tweet was bi. Immediately after, he replied that he was bisexual himself: "First! i win! it's me. i'm bi.   And now that I've said that I have a few things to rant about," he added. "There are more important things to talk about than me liking a whole bunch of genders, but I do want to share a few things with you guys.".

Rush admitted it was great to see young viewers inspired to come out by Cyrus. "How ironic, isn't it, that me, playing that character, never had mustered up that courage?"  He revealed it was those viewers who gave him that strength.

Joshua Rush Comes Out As Bisexual




Gavin Grimm Wins Court Fight

Gavin Grimm, a transgender man whose battle to be recognized as male by his high school lasted more than four years, won that fight in court on Friday.  Grimm, who was presumed to be female at birth, was 15 years old in December 2014, when he was diagnosed by a psychologist with gender dysphoria, and began living as the male he knew himself to be.

With the principal's permission, Grimm used boys' bathrooms for two months without a single problem or complaint from his classmates, teachers or administrators. Angry parents, however, demanded a change, and confronted Grimm as well as school officials at contentious hearings.

In December 2014, Gloucester County High School in Virginia officially banned him from using the boys' bathrooms. The ban, which also applied to locker rooms and would affect any other transgender students who came out, led to lawsuits that wound their way through the courts, all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Gavin Grimm Wins Court Fight



1.7% of Sexual Minority Adults Identify as Asexual

An estimated 1.7% of sexual minority adults identify as asexual, according to a recent study by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law. The study also found that asexuals are more likely to be women or gender non-binary, assigned female at birth, and younger, compared to non-asexual lesbians, gay men, and bisexual ( LGB ) adults.
Asexual people reported significantly less sexual activity than non-asexual participants. Yet asexual adults were as likely to report being in an intimate relationship as non-asexual LGB adults.

"Asexuality is an emerging identity," said lead author Esther D. Rothblum, Visiting Distinguished Scholar at the Williams Institute. "Given that the majority of asexual respondents were young, we expect that the prevalence and understanding of asexuality will grow as more youth reach adolescence and become familiar with the identity."

More than one-quarter ( 28% ) of asexuals identify as women and three-quarters ( 72% ) identify as genderqueer/non-binary.  An overwhelming majority of asexuals were assigned female at birth ( 86% ), compared with 14% who were assigned male at birth.  91% of asexuals are in the younger cohort ( ages 18-27 ), compared to 61% of non-asexual LGB people.

1.7% of Sexual Minority Adults Identify as Asexual




Coca-Cola Ads Stir Furor in Hungary

Advertisements by Coca-Cola around a music festival in Hungary that promote gay acceptance have prompted a boycott call from a senior member of the conservative ruling party.

The posters, in tandem with the week-long “Love Revolution” event starting on Wednesday in Budapest, show gay people and couples smiling with slogans like “zero sugar, zero prejudice”.

That has irked some supporters of Viktor Orban’s nationalist Fidesz party, which supports a prohibition of same-sex marriage.

On Sunday, Fidesz’s deputy speaker Istvan Boldog called for a boycott of Coca-Cola products during its “provocative” campaign. But with gay acceptance rising among Hungarians, it was unclear if his call would gain traction.

Coca-Cola Ads Stir Furor in Hungary



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